10-K 1 bas-20141231x10k.htm 10-K 20141231

  

UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

Form 10-K

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)

OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014

OR

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)

OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from              to

Commission file number 001-32693

 

Basic Energy Services, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

 

 

Delaware

54-2091194

(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)

(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

 

 

801 Cherry Street, Suite 2100

 

Fort Worth, Texas

76102

(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:

(817) 334-4100

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

 

 

 

 

Title of Class

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share

New York Stock Exchange

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None


Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities

Act.    Yes      No   

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the

Act.    Yes      No    

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes      No   

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Website, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes      No   

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.     

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

 

 Large Accelerated Filer

         Accelerated Filer

Non-Accelerated filer  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)

       Smaller reporting company

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes      No    

The aggregate market value of the registrant’s common stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant was approximately $1,046,541,738 as of June 30, 2014, the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter (based on a closing price of $29.22 per share and 35,815,939 shares held by non-affiliates).

There were 41,848,993 shares of the registrant’s common stock outstanding as of February 20, 2015.  

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Portions of the proxy statement for the registrant’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders (to be filed within 120 days of the close of the registrant’s fiscal year) are incorporated by reference into Part III.

 


 

BASIC ENERGY SERVICES, INC.

Index to Form 10-K

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part I

Items 1. and 2. Business and Properties

Item 1A. Risk Factors

17 

Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments

24 

Item 3. Legal Proceedings

24 

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures

24 

Part II

25 

Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

25 

Item 6. Selected Financial Data

28 

Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

29 

Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

43 

Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

44 

Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

76 

Item 9A. Controls and Procedures

76 

Item 9B. Other Information

76 

Part III

76 

Part IV

77 

Item 15. Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules

77 

Signatures

78 

 

 

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CAUTIONARY STATEMENT

REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This annual report contains certain statements that are, or may be deemed to be, “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act. We have based these forward-looking statements largely on our current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends affecting the financial condition of our business. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including, among other things, the risk factors discussed in Item 1A of this annual report and other factors, most of which are beyond our control.

The words “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “seek,” “could,” “should,” “may,” “potential” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of current or historical fact contained in this annual report are forward-looking statements. Although we believe that the forward-looking statements contained in this annual report are based upon reasonable assumptions, the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this annual report may not occur and actual results could differ materially from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements.

Important factors that may affect our expectations, estimates or projections include:

a decline in, or substantial volatility of, oil and natural gas prices, and any related changes in expenditures by our customers;

competition within our industry;  

the effects of future acquisitions on our business;  

our access to current or future financing arrangements;  

changes in customer requirements in markets or industries we serve;  

general economic and market conditions;  

our ability to replace or add workers at economic rates; and

environmental and other governmental regulations.

Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this annual report. Unless otherwise required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

This annual report includes market share data, industry data and forecasts that we obtained from internal company surveys (including estimates based on our knowledge and experience in the industry in which we operate), market research, consultant surveys, publicly available information, industry publications and surveys. These sources include Baker Hughes Incorporated, the Association of Energy Service Companies (“AESC”), and the Energy Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy (“EIA”). Industry surveys and publications, consultant surveys and forecasts generally state that the information contained therein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable. Although we believe such information is accurate and reliable, we have not independently verified any of the data from third party sources cited or used for our management’s industry estimates, nor have we ascertained the underlying economic assumptions relied upon therein. For example, the number of onshore well servicing rigs in the U.S. could be lower than our estimate to the extent our two larger competitors have continued to report as stacked rigs equipment that is not actually complete or subject to refurbishment. Statements as to our position relative to our competitors or as to market share refer to the most recent available data.

 

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PART I

ITEMS 1. AND 2.     BUSINESS AND PROPERTIES 

General

We provide a wide range of well site services in the United States to oil and natural gas drilling and producing companies, including completion and remedial services, fluid services, well servicing and contract drilling. These services are fundamental to establishing and maintaining the flow of oil and natural gas throughout the productive life of a well. Our broad range of services enables us to meet multiple needs of our customers at the well site. We were organized in 1992 as Sierra Well Service, Inc., a Delaware corporation, and in 2000 we changed our name to Basic Energy Services, Inc.

Our operations are managed regionally and are concentrated in major United States onshore oil and natural gas producing regions located in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Wyoming, North Dakota, Colorado, Utah, Montana, West Virginia, California, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Our operations are focused on liquids-rich basins that have exhibited strong drilling and production economics in recent years as well as natural gas-focused shale plays characterized by prolific reserves. Specifically, we have a significant presence in the Permian Basin and the Bakken, Eagle Ford, Haynesville and Marcellus shales. We provide our services to a diverse group of over 2,000 oil and gas companies.

Our current operating segments are Completion and Remedial Services, Fluid Services, Well Servicing, and Contract Drilling. These segments were selected based on management’s resource allocation and performance assessment in making decisions regarding the Company. The following is a description of our business segments:

Completion and Remedial Services.    Our completion and remedial services segment  (47% of our revenues in 2014) operates our fleet of pumping units, an array of specialized rental equipment and fishing tools, coiled tubing units, snubbing units, thru-tubing, air compressor packages specially configured for underbalanced drilling operations, cased-hole wireline units and nitrogen units. The largest portion of this business segment consists of pumping services focused on cementing, acidizing and fracturing services in niche markets.

Fluid Services.    Our fluid services segment (25% of our revenues in 2014) utilizes our fleet of 1,047 fluid service trucks and related assets, including specialized tank trucks, storage tanks, water wells, disposal facilities, water treatment and construction and other related equipment. These assets provide, transport, store and dispose of a variety of fluids, as well as provide well site construction and maintenance services. These services are required in most workover, completion and remedial projects and are routinely used in daily producing well operations.

Well Servicing.    Our well servicing segment (24% of our revenues in 2014) operates our fleet of 421 well servicing rigs and related equipment. This business segment encompasses a full range of services performed with a mobile well servicing rig, including the installation and removal of downhole equipment and elimination of obstructions in the well bore to facilitate the flow of oil and natural gas. These services are performed to establish, maintain and improve production throughout the productive life of an oil and natural gas well and to plug and abandon a well at the end of its productive life. Our well servicing equipment and capabilities also facilitate most other services performed on a well.  

Contract Drilling.    Our contract drilling segment  (4% of our revenues in 2014) operates our fleet of 12 drilling rigs and related equipment. We use these assets to penetrate the earth to a desired depth and initiate production from a well.

Financial information about our segments is included in Note 15 of the notes to our historical consolidated financial statements.

Our Competitive Strengths

We believe that the following competitive strengths currently position us well within our industry:

Extensive Domestic Footprint in the Most Prolific Basins.    Our operations are focused on liquids-rich basins located in the United States that have exhibited strong drilling and production economics in recent years as well as natural gas-focused shale plays characterized by prolific reserves. Specifically, we have a significant presence in the Permian Basin and the Bakken, Eagle Ford, Haynesville and Marcellus shales. Based on the most recent publicly available information, we operate in states that accounted for approximately 78% of the approximately 800,000 existing onshore oil and natural gas wells in the 48 contiguous states and approximately 99% of U.S. onshore oil production and 99% of U.S. onshore natural gas production. We believe that our operations are located in the most active U.S. well services markets, as we currently focus our operations on onshore domestic oil and natural gas production areas that include both the highest concentration of existing oil and natural gas production activities and the largest prospective acreage for new drilling activity. We believe our extensive footprint allows us to offer our suite of services to more than 2,000 customers who are active in those areas and allows us to redeploy equipment between markets as activity shifts, reducing the risk that a basin-specific slowdown will have a disproportionate impact on our cash flows and operational results.

Diversified Service Offering for Further Revenue Growth and Reduced Volatility.    We believe our range of well site services provides us a competitive advantage over smaller companies that typically offer fewer services. Our experience, equipment and network of 166 area offices position us to market our full range of well site services to our existing customers. By utilizing a wider range of our services, our customers can use fewer service providers, which enables them to reduce their administrative costs and

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simplify their logistics. Furthermore, offering a broader range of services allows us to capitalize on our existing customer base and management structure to grow within existing markets, generate more business from existing customers, and increase our operating profits as we spread our overhead costs over a larger revenue base.

Significant Market Position.    We maintain a significant market share for each of our lines of business within our core operating areas: the Permian Basin of West Texas and Southeast New Mexico; the Gulf Coast region of South Texas and Louisiana; the Mid-Continent region of North Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas; the Ark-La-Tex region of East Texas, North Louisiana and Arkansas; California; and the Rocky Mountain region of North New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota. Our goal is to be one of the top two providers of the services we provide in each of our core operating areas. Our position in each of these markets allows us to expand the range of services performed on a well throughout its life, such as drilling, maintenance, workover, stimulation, completion and plugging and abandonment services.

Modern and Competitive Fleet.    We operate a modern fleet matched to the needs of the local markets in each of our business segments. We are driven by a desire to maintain one of the most efficient, reliable and safest fleets of equipment in the country, and we have an established program to routinely monitor and evaluate the condition of our equipment. We selectively refurbish equipment to maintain the quality of our service and to provide a safe working environment for our personnel. Since 2003, we have obtained annual independent reviews and evaluations of substantially all of our assets, which confirmed the location and condition of these assets. We believe that by maintaining a modern and active asset base, we are better able to earn our customers’ business while reducing the risk of potential downtime.

Decentralized Experienced Management with Strong Corporate Infrastructure.    Our corporate group is responsible for maintaining a unified infrastructure to support our diversified operations through standardized financial and accounting, safety, environmental and maintenance processes and controls. Below our corporate level, we operate a decentralized operational organization in which our nine regional or division managers are responsible for their operations, including asset management, cost control, policy compliance and training and other aspects of quality control. With the majority having over 30 years of industry experience, each regional manager has extensive knowledge of the customer base, job requirements and working conditions in each local market. Below our ten regional or division managers, our area managers are directly responsible for customer relationships, personnel management, accident prevention and equipment maintenance, the key drivers of our operating profitability. This management structure allows us to monitor operating performance on a daily basis, maintain financial, accounting and asset management controls, integrate acquisitions, prepare timely financial reports and manage contractual risk.

Our Business Strategy

The key components of our business strategy include:

Establishing and Maintaining Leadership Positions in Core Operating Areas.    We strive to establish and maintain market leadership positions within our core operating areas. To achieve this goal, we maintain close customer relationships, seek to expand the breadth of our services and offer high quality services and equipment that meet the scope of customer specifications and requirements. In addition, our significant presence in our core operating areas facilitates employee retention and attraction, a key factor for success in our business. Our significant presence in our core operating areas also provides us with brand recognition that we intend to utilize in creating leading positions in new operating areas.

Selectively Expanding Within Our Regional Markets.    We intend to continue strengthening our presence within our existing geographic footprint through internal growth and acquisitions of businesses with strong customer relationships, well-maintained equipment and experienced and skilled personnel. We typically enter into new markets through the acquisition of businesses with strong management teams that will allow us to expand within these markets. Management of acquired companies often remain with us and retain key positions within our organization, which enhances our attractiveness as an acquisition partner. We have a record of successfully implementing this strategy. By concentrating on targeted expansion in areas in which we already have a meaningful presence, we believe we maximize the returns on expansion capital while reducing downside risk.

Developing Additional Service Offerings Within the Well Servicing Market.    We intend to continue broadening the portfolio of services we provide to our clients by utilizing our well servicing infrastructure. A customer typically begins a new maintenance or workover project by securing access to a well servicing rig, which generally stays on site for the duration of the project. As a result, our rigs are often the first equipment to arrive at the well site and typically the last to leave, providing us the opportunity to offer our customers other complementary services. We believe the fragmented nature of the well servicing market creates an opportunity to sell more services to our core customers and to expand our total service offering within each of our markets. We have expanded our suite of services available to our customers and increased our opportunities to cross-sell new services to our core well servicing customers through acquisitions and internal growth. We expect to continue to develop or selectively acquire capabilities to provide additional services to expand and further strengthen our customer relationships.

Pursuing Growth Through Selective Capital Deployment.    We intend to continue growing our business through selective acquisitions, continuing a newbuild program and/or upgrading our existing assets. Our capital investment decisions are determined by an analysis of the projected return on capital employed of each of those alternatives. Acquisitions are evaluated for “fit” with our area and regional operations management and are reviewed by corporate level financial, equipment, safety and environmental specialists to ensure consideration is given to identified risks. We also evaluate the cost to acquire existing assets from a third party, the capital

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required to build new equipment and the point in the oil and natural gas commodity price cycle. Based on these factors, we make capital investment decisions that we believe will support our long-term growth strategy, and these decisions may involve a combination of asset acquisitions and the purchase of new equipment.

General Industry Overview

Demand for services offered by our industry is a function of our customers’ willingness to make operating and capital expenditures to explore for, develop and produce hydrocarbons in the United States, which in turn is affected by current and expected levels of oil and natural gas prices. Natural gas prices continued to decline significantly in 2009 and remained depressed through 2014, which resulted in decreased activity in the natural gas-driven markets. Oil prices increased during the first half of 2011 primarily due to political and economic instability in several oil producing countries and remained relatively stable until the fourth quarter of 2014, when they experienced a significant decline due to oversupply worldwide.  Despite natural gas prices remaining below the levels seen in past years, several markets that produce significant natural gas liquids, such as the Eagle Ford shale, and/or that have other advantages like proximity to key consuming markets, such as the Marcellus shale, continued to see relatively stable activity during 2014.  

The table below sets forth average closing prices for the Cushing WTI Spot Oil Price and the Henry Hub Natural Gas Spot Price since 2012:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cushing WTI Spot

 

 

Henry Hub Gas

Period

 

 

Oil Price ($/bbl)

 

 

Spot Price ($/mcf)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/1/12 - 12/31/12

 

$

94.11 

 

$

2.75 

1/1/13 - 12/31/13

 

 

97.91 

 

 

3.73 

1/1/14 - 12/31/14

 

 

93.26 

 

 

4.39 

Closing Price at 12/31/14

 

 

59.29 

 

 

3.48 

 

 

Source: U.S. Department of Energy.

Increased expenditures for exploration and production activities generally drive the increased demand for our services. In 2012,  oil prices remained stable and natural gas prices decreased and the land-based drilling rig count decreased approximately 12%. In 2013, oil prices remained stable and natural gas prices increased incrementally, and the average oil-based drilling rig count also remained stable. In the first three quarters of 2014, oil prices and natural gas prices increased incrementally causing the land-based drilling rig count to increase approximately 10%. In the fourth quarter of 2014, oil prices declined significantly resulting in a decrease in the land based rig count of approximately 5%.  Average natural gas-focused drilling rig count decreased 40% from 2012 to 2014, both according to the Baker Hughes rig count. 

Exploration and production spending is generally categorized as either an operating expenditure or a capital expenditure. Activities designed to add hydrocarbon reserves are classified as capital expenditures, while those associated with maintaining or accelerating production are categorized as operating expenditures.  

Capital expenditures by oil and gas companies tend to be relatively sensitive to volatility in oil or natural gas prices because project decisions are tied to a return on investment spanning a number of years. As such, capital expenditure economics often require the use of commodity price forecasts which may prove inaccurate in the amount of time required to plan and execute a capital expenditure project (such as the drilling of a deep well). When commodity prices are depressed for even a short period of time, capital expenditure projects are routinely deferred until prices return to an acceptable level.

In contrast, both mandatory and discretionary operating expenditures are substantially more stable than exploration and drilling expenditures. Mandatory operating expenditure projects involve activities that cannot be avoided in the short term, such as regulatory compliance, safety, contractual obligations and projects to maintain the well and related infrastructure in operating condition (for example, repairs to a central tank battery, downhole pump, saltwater disposal system or gathering system). Discretionary operating expenditure projects may not be critical to the short-term viability of a lease or field, but these projects are relatively insensitive to commodity price volatility. Discretionary operating expenditure work is evaluated according to a simple short-term payout criterion that is far less dependent on commodity price forecasts.

Our business is influenced substantially by both operating and capital expenditures by oil and gas companies. Because existing oil and natural gas wells require ongoing spending to maintain production, expenditures by oil and gas companies for the maintenance of existing wells are relatively stable and predictable. In contrast, capital expenditures by oil and gas companies for exploration and drilling are more directly influenced by current and expected oil and natural gas prices and generally reflect the volatility of commodity prices. We believe our focus on production and workover activity partially insulates our financial results from the volatility of the active drilling rig count.

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Overview of Our Segments and Services

Completion and Remedial Services Segment

Our completion and remedial services segment provides oil and natural gas operators with a package of services that include the following:

pumping services, such as cementing, acidizing, fracturing, nitrogen and pressure testing;

rental and fishing tools;

coiled tubing;

snubbing services;

thru-tubing;

cased-hole wireline services; and

underbalanced drilling in low pressure and fluid sensitive reservoirs.

This segment operates 291 pumping units, with approximately 443,000 of horsepower capacity, to conduct a variety of services designed to stimulate oil and natural gas production or to enable cement slurry to be placed in or circulated within a well. We also operate 66 air compressor packages, including foam circulation units, for underbalanced drilling, 36 snubbing units,  16 coiled tubing units and 10 wireline units for cased-hole measurement and pipe recovery services. 

Just as a well servicing rig is required to perform various operations over the life cycle of a well, there is a similar need for equipment capable of pumping fluids into the well under varying degrees of pressure. During the drilling and completion phase, the well bore is lined with large diameter steel pipe called casing. Casing is cemented into place by circulating slurry into the annulus created between the pipe and the rock wall of the well bore. The cement slurry is forced into the well by pumping equipment located on the surface. Cementing services are also utilized over the life of a well to repair leaks in the casing, to close perforations that are no longer productive and ultimately to “plug” the well at the end of its productive life.

A hydrocarbon reservoir is essentially an interval of rock that is saturated with oil and/or natural gas, usually in combination with water. Three primary factors determine the productivity of a well that intersects a hydrocarbon reservoir: porosity (the percentage of the reservoir volume represented by pore space in which the hydrocarbons reside), permeability (the natural propensity for the flow of hydrocarbons toward the well bore), and “skin” (the degree to which the portion of the reservoir in close proximity to the well bore has experienced reduced permeability as a result of exposure to drilling fluids or other contaminants). Well productivity can be increased by artificially improving either permeability or skin through stimulation methods described below.

Permeability can be increased through the use of fracturing methods by which a reservoir is subjected to fluids pumped into it under high pressure. This pressure creates stress in the reservoir and causes the rock to fracture, thereby creating additional channels through which hydrocarbons can flow. In most cases, sand or another form of proppant is pumped with the fluid as a means of holding open the newly created fractures.

The most common means of reducing near-well bore damage, or skin, is the injection of a highly reactive solvent (such as hydrochloric acid) solution into the area where the hydrocarbons enter the well. This solution has the effect of dissolving contaminants that have accumulated and are restricting the flow of hydrocarbons. This process is generically known as acidizing.

After a well is drilled and completed, the casing may develop leaks as a result of abrasions from production tubing, exposure to corrosive elements or inadequate support from the original attempt to cement the casing in place. When a leak develops, it is necessary to place specialized equipment into the well and to pump cement in such a way as to seal the leak, a process known as “squeeze” cementing.

 

The following table sets forth the type, number and location of the completion and remedial services equipment that we operated at December 31, 2014:   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Market Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rocky

 

Permian

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ark-La-Tex

 

Mid-Continent

 

Gulf Coast

 

Mountain

 

Basin

 

Appalachia

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pumping Units

 

11 

 

159 

 

 -

 

46 

 

75 

 

 -

 

291 

Air/Foam Packages

 

 -

 

31 

 

 -

 

29 

 

 

 -

 

66 

Snubbing Units

 

17 

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

10 

 

36 

Rental and Fishing Tool Stores

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

10 

 

 

23 

Coiled Tubing Units

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

11 

 

 

 -

 

16 

Wireline Units

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

10 

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Our pumping services business focuses primarily on lower horsepower cementing, acidizing and fracturing services markets. Currently, there are several pumping companies that provide their services on a national basis. For the most part, these companies have concentrated their assets in markets characterized by complex work with higher horsepower requirements. This has created an opportunity in the markets for pumping services in mature areas with less complex characteristics and lower horsepower requirements. We, along with a number of smaller, regional companies, have concentrated our efforts on these markets.

The level of activity of our pumping services business is tied to drilling and workover activity. The bulk of pumping work is associated with cementing casing in place as the well is drilled or pumping fluid that stimulates production from the well during the completion phase. Pumping service work is awarded based on a combination of price and expertise.

Our rental and fishing tool business provides a range of specialized services and equipment that is utilized on a non-routine basis for both drilling and well servicing operations. Drilling and well servicing rigs are equipped with an array of tools to complete routine operations under normal conditions for most projects in the geographic area in which they are employed. When downhole problems develop with drilling or servicing operations or conditions require non-routine equipment, our customers will usually rely on a provider of rental and fishing tools to augment equipment that is provided with a typical drilling or well servicing rig package.

The term “fishing” applies to a wide variety of downhole operations designed to correct a problem that has developed during the drilling or servicing of a well. The problem most commonly involves equipment that has become lodged in the well and cannot be removed without special equipment. Our technicians utilize tools that are specifically suited to retrieve, or “fish,” and remove the trapped equipment, allowing our customers to resume operations.

Coiled tubing services involve the use of a continuous metal pipe spooled on a large reel for oil and natural gas well interventions, including wellbore maintenance, nitrogen services, thru-tubing services, and formation stimulation using acid and other chemicals.

Our snubbing service business utilizes specialized equipment to run or remove pipe and other associated downhole tools into a wellbore.  This process is accomplished with a wellbore having surface pressure or with the anticipation of surface pressure. Our snubbing services are utilized for both routine and non-routine workover, completion and remedial activities.

Cased-hole wireline services typically utilize a single truck equipped with a spool of wireline that is used to lower and raise a variety of specialized tools in and out of a cased wellbore. These tools can be used to measure pressures and temperature as well as the condition of the casing and the cement that holds the casing in place. Other applications for wireline tools include placing equipment in or retrieving equipment from the wellbore, or perforating the casing and cutting off pipe that is stuck in the well so that the free section can be recovered. Wireline trucks are utilized throughout the life of a well.

Fluid Services Segment

Our fluid services segment provides oilfield fluid supply, transportation, storage and construction services. These services are required in most workover, completion and remedial projects and are routinely used in daily producing well operations. These services include:

 

the transportation of fluids used in drilling and workover operations and of salt water produced as a by-product of oil and natural gas production;

the sale and transportation of fresh and brine water used in drilling and workover activities;

the rental of portable frac tanks and test tanks used to store fluids on well sites;

•  the recycling and treatment of wastewater, including produced water and flowback, to be reused in the completion and production process;

the operation of company-owned fresh water and brine source wells and of non-hazardous wastewater disposal wells; and

the preparation, construction and maintenance of access roads, drilling locations, and production facilities.

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This segment utilizes our fleet of fluid service trucks and related assets, including specialized tank trucks, portable storage tanks, water wells, disposal facilities and related equipment. The following table sets forth the type, number and location of the fluid services equipment that we operated at December 31, 2014:  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Market Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rocky

 

Permian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mountain

 

Basin

 

Ark-La-Tex

 

Mid-Continent

 

Gulf Coast

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fluid Service Trucks

 

147 

 

483 

 

185 

 

70 

 

162 

 

1,047 

Salt Water Disposal Wells

 

 

32 

 

25 

 

11 

 

12 

 

85 

Fresh/Brine Water Stations

 

 

41 

 

 -

 

 -

 

 

48 

Fluid Storage Tanks

 

683 

 

1,270 

 

764 

 

277 

 

418 

 

3,412 

Requirements for minor or incidental fluid services are usually purchased on a “call out” basis and charged according to a published schedule of rates. Larger projects, such as servicing the requirements of a multi-well drilling program or frac program, generally involve a bidding process. We compete for both services on a call out basis and for multi-well contract projects.

We provide a full array of fluid sales, transportation, storage, treatment and disposal services required on most workover, completion and remedial projects. Our breadth of capabilities in this segment allows us to serve as a one-stop source of equipment and services for our customers. Many of our smaller competitors in this segment can provide some, but not all, of the equipment and services required by oil and gas operators, requiring them to use several companies to meet their requirements and increasing their administrative burden.

Our fluid services segment has a base level of business volume related to the regular maintenance of oil and natural gas wells. Most oil and natural gas fields produce residual salt water in conjunction with oil or natural gas. Fluid service trucks pick up this fluid from tank batteries at the well site and transport it to a salt water disposal well for injection. This type of regular maintenance work must be performed if a well is to remain active. Transportation and disposal of produced water is considered a low value service by most operators, and it is difficult for us to command a premium over rates charged by our competition. Our ability to outperform competitors in this segment depends on our ability to achieve significant economies relating to logistics, specifically the proximity between the areas where salt water is produced and the areas where our company-owned disposal wells are located. We operate salt water disposal wells in most of our markets, and our ownership of these disposal wells eliminates the need to pay third parties a fee for disposal.

Workover, completion and remedial activities also provide the opportunity for higher operating margins from tank rentals and fluid sales. Drilling and workover jobs typically require fresh or brine water for drilling mud or circulating fluid used during the job. Completion and workover procedures often also require large volumes of water for fracturing operations, which involves stimulating a well hydraulically to increase production. Spent mud and flowback fluids from drilling and completion activities are required to be transported from the well site to an approved disposal facility.  Water treatment solutions are also utilized by customers to treat produced water and flowback, in order to be reused during the production and completion process.

Our competitors in the fluid services industry are mostly small, regionally focused companies. There are currently no companies that have a dominant position on a nationwide basis. The level of activity in the fluid services industry is comprised of a relatively stable demand for services related to the maintenance of producing wells and a highly variable demand for services used in the drilling and completion of new wells. As a result, the level of onshore drilling activity significantly affects the level of activity in the fluid services industry. While there are no industry-wide statistics, the Baker Hughes Land Drilling Rig Count is an indirect indication of demand for fluid services because it directly reflects the level of onshore drilling activity.

Fluid Services.    At December 31, 2014,  we owned and operated 1,047 fluid service trucks equipped with an average fluid hauling capacity of up to 150 barrels apiece. Each fluid service truck is equipped to pump fluids from or into wells, pits, tanks and other storage facilities. The majority of our fluid service trucks are also used to transport water to fill frac tanks on well locations, including frac tanks provided by us and others, to transport produced salt water to disposal wells, including injection wells owned and operated by us, and to transport drilling and completion fluids to and from well locations. In conjunction with the rental of our frac tanks, we generally use our fluid service trucks to transport water for use in fracturing operations. Following completion of fracturing operations, our fluid service trucks are used to transport the flowback produced as a result of the fracturing operations from the well site to disposal wells. Fluid service trucks are generally provided to oilfield operators within a 50-mile radius of our nearest yard.

Salt Water Disposal Well Services.    At December 31, 2014, we owned 85 salt water disposal wells. Disposal wells are permitted to dispose of salt water and incidental non-hazardous oil and natural gas wastes. Our fluid service trucks frequently transport the fluids that are disposed of in these salt water disposal wells. Our disposal wells have an average permitted injection capacity of over 6,000 barrels per day per well and are strategically located in close proximity to our customers’ producing wells. Most oil and natural gas wells produce varying amounts of salt water throughout their productive lives. In the states in which we operate, oil and

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natural gas wastes and salt water produced from oil and natural gas wells are required by law to be disposed of in authorized facilities, including permitted salt water disposal wells. Injection wells are licensed by state authorities and are completed in permeable formations below the fresh water table. We maintain separators at most of our disposal wells, allowing us to salvage residual crude oil that we later sell for our account.

Fresh and Brine Water Stations.    Our network of fresh and brine water stations, particularly in the Permian Basin where surface water is generally not available, is used to supply water necessary for the drilling and completion of oil and natural gas wells. Our strategic locations, in combination with our other fluid handling services, give us a competitive advantage over other service providers in those areas in which these other companies cannot provide these services.

Fluid Storage Tanks.    Our fluid storage tanks can store up to 500 barrels of fluid and are used by oilfield operators to store various fluids at the well site, including fresh water, brine and acid for frac jobs, flowback, temporary production and mud storage. We transport the tanks on our trucks to well locations that are usually within a 50-mile radius of our nearest yard. Frac tanks are used during all phases of the life of a producing well. We generally rent fluid services tanks at daily rates for a minimum of three days. A typical fracturing operation can be completed within four days using 5 to 50 frac tanks.

Water Treatment Services.  We utilize a number of water treatment methods in order to treat produced water and flowback that is transported to one of several treatment locations throughout our geographic footprint.  Treated water is then sold to customers to be reused as frac water or other oil and gas-related uses on wells.  We typically charge for these services on a per-barrel basis.

Construction Services.    We utilize a fleet of power units, including dozers, trenchers, motor graders, backhoes and other heavy equipment used in road construction. In addition, we own rock pits in some markets in our Rocky Mountain operations to ensure a reliable source of rock to support our construction activities. Contracts for well site construction services are normally awarded by our customers on the basis of competitive bidding and may range in scope from several days to several months in duration.  

Well Servicing Segment

Our well servicing segment encompasses a full range of services performed with a mobile well servicing rig, also commonly referred to as a workover rig, and ancillary equipment. Our rigs and personnel provide the means for hoisting equipment and tools into and out of the well bore, and our well servicing equipment and capabilities also facilitate most other services performed on a well. Our well servicing segment services, which are performed to maintain and improve production throughout the productive life of an oil and natural gas well, include:

maintenance work involving removal, repair and replacement of down-hole equipment and returning the well to production after these operations are completed;

hoisting tools and equipment required by the operation into and out of the well, or removing equipment from the well bore, to facilitate specialized production enhancement and well repair operations performed by other oilfield service companies; and

plugging and abandonment services when a well has reached the end of its productive life.

Our well servicing segment also includes the manufacturing and sale of new workover rigs through our wholly-owned subsidiary, Taylor Industries, LLC, which we formed in connection with the acquisition of a rig manufacturing business in 2010.

Regardless of the type of work being performed on the well, our personnel and rigs are often the first to arrive at the well site and the last to leave. We generally charge our customers an hourly rate for these services, which rate varies based on a number of considerations including market conditions in each region, the type of rig and ancillary equipment required, and the necessary personnel.

Our fleet included 421 well servicing rigs as of December 31, 2014, including 219 newbuilds since October 2004 and 90 rebuilds since the beginning of 2008. Our well servicing rigs operate from facilities in Texas, Wyoming, Oklahoma, North Dakota, New Mexico, Louisiana, Colorado, California, Arkansas, Utah, Montana, Kansas, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Our well servicing rigs are mobile units that generally operate within a radius of approximately 75 to 100 miles from their respective bases.

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The following table sets forth the location, characteristics and number of the well servicing rigs that we operated at December 31, 2014. We categorize our rig fleet by the rated capacity of the mast, which indicates the maximum weight that the rig is capable of lifting. The maximum weight our rigs are capable of lifting is the limiting factor in our ability to provide these services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Market Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rated

 

Permian

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-

 

Rocky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rig Type

 

Capacity

 

Basin

 

Gulf Coast

 

Ark-La-Tex

 

Continent

 

Mountain

 

California

 

Appalachia

 

Inactive

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swab

 

N/A

 

 -

 

 

 

 

 

 -

 

 -

 

 

11 

Light Duty

 

< 90 tons

 

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

 -

 

 

 

12 

Medium Duty

 

> 90 <125 tons

 

111 

 

24 

 

25 

 

39 

 

44 

 

 -

 

 

15 

 

260 

Heavy Duty

 

> 125 tons

 

81 

 

16 

 

 

 

14 

 

 

 

 

134 

24-Hour

 

> 125 tons

 

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

 

Total

 

 

 

197 

 

42 

 

37 

 

48 

 

60 

 

 

 

28 

 

421 

We operate a total of 421 well servicing rigs, one of the largest fleets in the United States. Based on the most recent publicly available information, four of our competitors operate more than 100 well servicing rigs: Key Energy Services, Inc., Nabors Industries Ltd., Superior Energy Services, Inc., Forbes Energy Services Ltd, and Pioneer Energy Services Corp. 

Maintenance.     Regular maintenance is generally required throughout the life of a well to sustain optimal levels of oil and natural gas production. Regular maintenance currently comprises the largest portion of our work in this segment, and because ongoing maintenance spending is required to sustain production, we generally experience relatively stable demand for these services. We provide well service rigs, equipment and crews to our customers for these maintenance services. Maintenance services are often performed on a series of wells in proximity to each other and consist of routine mechanical repairs necessary to maintain production, such as repairing inoperable pumping equipment in an oil well or replacing defective tubing in a natural gas well, and removing debris such as sand and paraffin from the well. Other services include pulling the rods, tubing, pumps and other downhole equipment out of the well bore to identify and repair a production problem. These downhole equipment failures are typically caused by the repetitive pumping action of an oil well. Corrosion, water cut, grade of oil, sand production and other factors can also result in frequent failures of downhole equipment.

The need for maintenance activity does not directly depend on the level of drilling activity, although it is somewhat impacted by short-term fluctuations in oil and natural gas prices. Demand for our maintenance services is driven primarily by the production requirements of local oil or natural gas fields and is therefore affected by changes in the total number of producing oil and natural gas wells in our geographic service areas.

Our regular well maintenance services involve relatively low-cost, short-duration jobs which are part of normal well operating costs. Well operators cannot delay all maintenance work without a significant impact on production. Operators may, however, choose to shut in producing wells temporarily when oil or natural gas prices are too low to justify additional expenditures, including maintenance.

Workover.    In addition to periodic maintenance, producing oil and natural gas wells occasionally require major repairs or modifications called workovers, which are typically more complex and more time consuming than maintenance operations. Workover services include extensions of existing wells to drain new formations either through perforating the well casing to expose additional productive zones not previously produced, deepening well bores to new zones or the drilling of lateral well bores to improve reservoir drainage patterns. Our workover rigs are also used to convert former producing wells to injection wells through which water or carbon dioxide is then pumped into the formation for enhanced oil recovery operations. Workovers also include major subsurface repairs such as repair or replacement of well casing, recovery or replacement of tubing and removal of foreign objects from the well bore. These extensive workover operations are normally performed by a workover rig with additional specialized auxiliary equipment, which may include rotary drilling equipment, mud pumps, mud tanks and fishing tools, depending upon the particular type of workover operation. Most of our well servicing rigs are designed to perform complex workover operations. A workover may require a few days to several weeks and generally requires additional auxiliary equipment. The demand for workover services is sensitive to oil and natural gas producers’ intermediate and long-term expectations for oil and natural gas prices. As oil and natural gas prices increase, the level of workover activity tends to increase as oil and natural gas producers seek to increase output by enhancing the efficiency of their wells.  

New Well Completion.    New well completion services involve the preparation of newly drilled wells for production. The completion process may involve selectively perforating the well casing in the productive zones to allow oil or natural gas to flow into the well bore, stimulating and testing these zones and installing the production string and other downhole equipment. We provide well service rigs to assist in this completion process. Newly drilled wells are frequently completed by well servicing rigs to minimize the use of higher cost drilling rigs in the completion process. The completion process typically requires a few days to several weeks, depending on the nature and type of the completion, and generally requires additional auxiliary equipment. Accordingly, completion services require less well-to-well mobilization of equipment and generally provide higher operating margins than regular maintenance

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work. The demand for completion services is directly related to drilling activity levels, which are sensitive to expectations relating to and changes in oil and natural gas prices.

Plugging and Abandonment.    Well servicing rigs are also used in the process of permanently closing oil and natural gas wells no longer capable of producing in economic quantities. Plugging and abandonment work can be performed with a well servicing rig along with wireline and cementing equipment; however, this service is typically provided by companies that specialize in plugging and abandonment work. Many well operators bid this work on a “turnkey” basis, requiring the service company to perform the entire job, including the sale or disposal of equipment salvaged from the well as part of the compensation received, and comply with state regulatory requirements. Plugging and abandonment work can provide favorable operating margins and is less sensitive to oil and natural gas prices than drilling and workover activity since well operators must plug a well in accordance with state regulations when it is no longer productive. We perform plugging and abandonment work throughout our core areas of operation in conjunction with equipment provided by other service companies.

Contract Drilling Segment

Our contract drilling segment employs drilling rigs and related equipment to penetrate the earth to a desired depth and initiate production.

We own and operate 12 land drilling rigs, which are currently deployed in the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico. A land drilling rig generally consists of engines, a drawworks, a mast, pumps to circulate the drilling fluid (mud) under various pressures, blowout preventers, drill string and related equipment. The engines power the different pieces of equipment, including a rotary table or top drive that turns the drill string, causing the drill bit to bore through the subsurface rock layers. These jobs are typically bid by “daywork” contracts, in which an agreed upon rate per day is charged to the customer, or “footage” contracts, in which an agreed upon rate per the number of feet drilled is charged to the customer. The demand for drilling services is highly dependent on the availability of new drilling locations available to well operators, as well as sensitivity to expectations relating to and changes in oil and natural gas prices.

Properties

Our principal executive offices are located at 801 Cherry Street, Suite 2100, Fort Worth, Texas 76102. We currently conduct our business from 166 area offices, 96 of which we own and 70 of which we lease. Each office typically includes a yard, administrative office and maintenance facility. Of our 166 area offices, 101 are located in Texas, 15 are in Oklahoma, 11 are in New Mexico, 9 are in Colorado, 9 are in North Dakota, 6 are in Wyoming, 3 are in Utah, 2 are in Louisiana, 2 are in Arkansas, 2 are in Kansas, 2 are in Montana, 2 are in California, 1 is in Ohio, and 1 is in Pennsylvania.

Customers 

We serve numerous major and independent oil and gas companies that are active in our core areas of operations. During 2014, no single customer comprised over 10% of our total revenues. The majority of our business is with independent oil and gas companies. While we believe we could redeploy equipment in the current market environment if we lost any material customers, such loss could have an adverse effect on our business until the equipment is redeployed.

Operating Risks and Insurance

Our operations are subject to hazards inherent in the oil and natural gas industry, such as accidents, blowouts, explosions, craterings, fires and oil spills that can cause:

personal injury or loss of life;

damage to or destruction of property, equipment and the environment; and

suspension of operations.

In addition, claims for loss of oil and natural gas production and damage to formations can occur in the well services industry. If a serious accident were to occur at a location where our equipment and services are being used, it could result in our being named as a defendant in lawsuits asserting large claims.

Because our business involves the transportation of heavy equipment and materials, we may also experience traffic accidents which may result in spills, property damage and personal injury.

Despite our efforts to maintain high safety standards, we from time to time have suffered accidents in the past and anticipate that we could experience accidents in the future. In addition to the property and personal losses from these accidents, the frequency and severity of these incidents affect our operating costs and insurability and our relationships with customers, employees and regulatory agencies. Any significant increase in the frequency or severity of these incidents, or the general level of damage awards, could adversely affect the cost of, or our ability to obtain, workers’ compensation and other forms of insurance, and could have other material adverse effects on our financial condition and results of operations.

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Although we maintain insurance coverage of types and amounts that we believe to be customary in the industry, we are not fully insured against all risks, either because insurance is not available or because of the high premium costs. We do maintain employer’s liability, pollution, cargo, umbrella, comprehensive commercial general liability, workers’ compensation and limited physical damage insurance. There can be no assurance, however, that any insurance obtained by us will be adequate to cover any losses or liabilities, or that this insurance will continue to be available or available on terms which are acceptable to us. Liabilities for which we are not insured, or which exceed the policy limits of our applicable insurance, could have a material adverse effect on us.

Competition

Our competition includes small regional contractors as well as larger companies with international operations. We believe our four largest competitors, Key Energy Services, Inc., Superior Well Services, Forbes Energy Services, Nabors Well Services Co. and Pioneer Energy Services Corp., each own a significant number of the U.S. marketable well servicing rigs according to the most recent publicly available data, including the Guiberson-AESC well service rig count. All four are public companies that operate in most of the large oil and natural gas producing regions in the United States. They each have centralized management teams that direct their operations and decision-making primarily from corporate and regional headquarters. In addition, because of their size, they market a large portion of their work to the major oil and gas companies.

We differentiate ourselves from our major competition by our operating philosophy. We operate a decentralized organization, where local, experienced management teams are largely responsible for sales and operations and developing stronger relationships with our customers at the field level. We target areas that are attractive to independent oil and gas operators who in our opinion tend to be more aggressive in spending, less focused on price and more likely to award work based on performance. We concentrate on providing services to a diverse group of large and small independent oil and gas companies. These independents typically are relationship driven, make decisions at the local level and are willing to pay higher rates for services. We have been successful using this business model and believe it will enable us to continue to grow our business.

Safety Program

Our business involves the operation of heavy and powerful equipment which can result in serious injuries to our employees and third parties and substantial damage to property. We have comprehensive safety and training programs designed to minimize accidents in the workplace and improve the efficiency of our operations. In addition, many of our larger customers now place greater emphasis on safety and quality management programs of their contractors. We believe that these factors will gain further importance in the future. We have directed substantial resources toward employee safety and quality management training programs as well as our employee review process. While our efforts in these areas are not unique, we believe many competitors, and particularly smaller contractors, have not undertaken similar training programs for their employees.

We believe our approach to safety management is consistent with our decentralized management structure. Company-mandated policies and procedures provide the overall framework to ensure our operations minimize the hazards inherent in our work and are intended to meet regulatory requirements, while allowing our operations to satisfy customer-mandated policies and local needs and practices.

Environmental Regulation and Climate Change

Environment, Health and Safety Regulation, Including Climate Change

Our operations are subject to stringent federal, state and local laws regulating the discharge of materials into the environment or otherwise relating to health and safety or the protection of the environment. Numerous governmental agencies, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, commonly referred to as the “EPA,” and analogous state agencies issue regulations to implement and enforce these laws, which often require stringent and costly compliance measures. These laws and regulations may, among other things, require the acquisition of permits; govern the amounts and types of substances that may be released into the environment in connection with oil and gas drilling; restrict the way we handle or dispose of our materials and wastes; limit or prohibit construction or drilling activities in sensitive areas such as wetlands, wilderness areas or areas inhabited by endangered or threatened species; or require investigatory and remedial actions to mitigate pollution conditions. Failure to comply with these laws and regulations may result in the assessment of substantial administrative, civil and criminal penalties, as well as the possible issuance of injunctions limiting or prohibiting our activities. In addition, some laws and regulations relating to protection of the environment may, in certain circumstances, impose liability for environmental damages and cleanup costs without regard to negligence or fault. Strict adherence with these regulatory requirements increases our cost of doing business and consequently affects our profitability. We believe that we are in substantial compliance with current applicable environmental, health and safety laws and regulations and that continued compliance with existing requirements will not have a material adverse impact on our operations. However, environmental laws and regulations have been subject to frequent changes over the years, and the imposition of more stringent requirements could have a material adverse effect upon our capital expenditures, earnings or our competitive position. Below is a discussion of the principal environmental laws and regulations that relate to our business.

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, referred to as “CERCLA” or the Superfund law, and comparable state laws impose liability, potentially without regard to fault or legality of the activity at the time, on certain classes of persons that are considered to be responsible for the release of a hazardous substance into the environment. These persons include

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the current or former owner or operator of the disposal site or sites where the release occurred and companies that disposed or arranged for the disposal of hazardous substances that have been released at the site. Under CERCLA, these persons may be subject to joint and several liability for the costs of investigating and cleaning up hazardous substances that have been released into the environment, for damages to natural resources and for the costs of some health studies. In addition, neighboring landowners and other third parties may file claims for personal injury and property damage allegedly caused by hazardous substances or other pollutants released into the environment.

The federal Solid Waste Disposal Act, as amended by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, referred to as “RCRA,” regulates the management and disposal of solid and hazardous waste. Some wastes associated with the exploration and production of oil and natural gas are exempted from the most stringent regulation in certain circumstances, such as drilling fluids, produced waters and other wastes associated with the exploration, development or production of oil and natural gas. However, these wastes and other wastes may be otherwise regulated by the EPA or state agencies. Moreover, in the ordinary course of our operations, industrial wastes such as paint wastes and waste solvents may be regulated as hazardous waste under RCRA or considered hazardous substances under CERCLA.

We currently own or lease, and have in the past owned or leased, a number of properties that have been used as service yards in support of oil and natural gas exploration and production activities. Although we have utilized operating and disposal practices that we considered standard in the industry at the time, there is the possibility that repair and maintenance activities on rigs and equipment stored in these service yards, as well as fluids stored at these yards, may have resulted in the disposal or release of hydrocarbons or other wastes on or under these yards or other locations where these wastes have been taken for disposal. In addition, we own or lease properties that in the past were operated by third parties whose operations were not under our control. These properties and the hydrocarbons or wastes disposed thereon may be subject to CERCLA, RCRA and analogous state laws. Under these laws, we could be required to remove or remediate previously disposed wastes or property contamination.

In the course of our operations, some of our equipment may be exposed to naturally occurring radiation associated with oil and natural gas deposits, and this exposure may result in the generation of wastes containing naturally occurring radioactive materials, or “NORM.” NORM wastes exhibiting trace levels of naturally occurring radiation in excess of established state standards are subject to special handling and disposal requirements, and any storage vessels, piping and work area affected by NORM may be subject to remediation or restoration requirements. Because many of the properties presently or previously owned, operated or occupied by us have been used for oil and natural gas production operations for many years, it is possible that we may incur costs or liabilities associated with elevated levels of NORM.

Our operations are also subject to the federal Clean Water Act and analogous state laws. Under these laws, permits must be obtained to discharge pollutants into regulated surface or subsurface waters. Spill prevention, control and countermeasure requirements under federal law require appropriate operating protocols, including containment berms and similar structures, to help prevent the contamination of regulated waters in the event of a petroleum hydrocarbon spill, rupture or leak. In addition, the Clean Water Act and analogous state laws require individual permits or coverage under general permits for discharges of storm water runoff from certain types of facilities or during construction activities. This program requires covered facilities to obtain individual permits, or seek coverage under a general permit. Additionally, permits for discharges of storm water runoff may be required for certain of our properties.

The federal Clean Water Act and the federal Oil Pollution Act of 1990 contain numerous requirements relating to the prevention of and response to oil spills into regulated waters, and require some owners or operators of facilities that store or otherwise handle oil to prepare and implement spill prevention, control and countermeasure plans, also referred to as “SPCC plans,” relating to the possible discharge of oil into regulated waters.  

 

Our underground injection operations are subject to the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, referred to as the “SDWA,” as well as analogous state and local laws and regulations including the Underground Injection Control (“UIC”) program, which program includes requirements for permitting, testing, monitoring, record keeping and reporting of injection well activities. The federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 amended the UIC provisions to exclude certain hydraulic fracturing activities from the definition of “underground injection” under certain circumstances. However, the repeal of this exclusion has been advocated by certain advocacy organizations and others in the public. Legislation to amend the SDWA to repeal this exemption and require federal permitting and regulatory control of hydraulic fracturing, as well as legislative proposals to require disclosure of the chemical constituents of the fluids used in the fracturing process, were proposed in recent sessions of Congress. Similar legislation could be introduced in the current session of Congress, which commenced in January 2015, or at the state level. For example at the state level, several states in which we operate, including Wyoming, Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma, have adopted regulations requiring operators to disclose certain information regarding hydraulic fracturing fluids. In addition, public concerns have recently been raised regarding the disposal of hydraulic fluid in injection wells. Partly in response to public concerns, the Texas Railroad Commission, referred to as (“RRC”), amended its existing oil and gas disposal well regulations to require seismic activity data in permit applications and provisions to authorize the imposition of certain limitations on existing wells if seismic activity increases in the area of an injection well, including a temporary injection ban. Our operations employ hydraulic fracturing techniques to stimulate natural gas production from unconventional geological formations, which entails the injection of pressurized fracturing fluids (consisting of water, sand and certain chemicals) into a well bore. Our hydraulic fracturing activities are principally in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. Our operations also involve the

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disposal of produced salt water by underground injection. The substantial majority of our saltwater disposal wells are located in Texas and are regulated by the RRC. We also operate salt water disposal wells in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and North Dakota and are subject to similar regulatory controls in those states. Regulations in these states require us to obtain a permit from the applicable regulatory agencies to operate each of our underground salt water disposal wells. We believe that we have obtained the necessary permits from these agencies for each of our underground injection wells and that we are in substantial compliance with permit conditions and commission rules. Nevertheless, these regulatory agencies have the general authority to suspend or modify one or more of these permits if continued operation of one of our underground injection wells is likely to result in pollution of freshwater, substantial violation of permit conditions or applicable rules, or leaks to the environment or other conditions such as earthquakes. Although we monitor the injection process of our wells, any leakage from the subsurface portions of the injection wells could cause degradation of fresh groundwater resources, potentially resulting in cancellation of operations of a well, issuance of fines and penalties from governmental agencies, incurrence of expenditures for remediation of the affected resource and imposition of liability by third parties for property damages and personal injuries. In addition, our sales of residual crude oil collected as part of the saltwater injection process could impose liability on us in the event that the entity to which the oil was transferred fails to manage the residual crude oil in accordance with applicable environmental health and safety laws.

We maintain insurance against some risks associated with environmental liabilities that may occur as a result of well service activities. However, this insurance is limited to activities at the well site and there can be no assurance that this insurance will cover all potential losses, that insurance will continue to be commercially available or that this insurance will be available at premium levels that justify its purchase by us. The occurrence of a significant event that is not fully insured or indemnified against could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and operations.

We are also subject to the requirements of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act, known as “OSHA,” and comparable state statutes that regulate the protection of the health and safety of workers. In addition, the OSHA hazard communication standard requires that information be maintained about hazardous materials used or produced in operations and that this information be provided to employees, state and local government authorities and the public.

We are also subject to the requirements of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations “DOT – FMCSA” of the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) and comparable state statutes that regulate commercial motor vehicle operations. In addition, we are also subject to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration “DOT-PHMSA” and comparable state statutes that regulate hazardous materials shipments.

The federal Clean Air Act, as amended, known as the “Clean Air Act,” and state air pollution permitting laws, restrict the emission of air pollutants from many sources, including drilling operations and related equipment, and as a result affect oil and natural gas operations. In addition, more stringent regulations governing emissions of air pollutants, including greenhouse gases such as methane (a component of natural gas) and carbon dioxide (“CO2”), are being developed by the federal government and may increase the costs of compliance for our drilling services or our customers’ operations. For example, on January 14, 2015, the Obama administration announced a new emission reduction target for methane emissions associated with the oil and gas sector.

Responding to scientific studies that have suggested that emissions of gases, commonly referred to as “greenhouse gases,” including gases associated with the oil and gas sector such as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide among others, may be contributing to global warming and other environmental effects, the U.S. Congress has considered legislation to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. In the recent Congress, numerous legislative measures were introduced that would have imposed restrictions or costs on greenhouse gas emissions, including from the oil and gas industry. It is uncertain whether similar measures will be introduced in, or passed by, the new Congress which convened in January 2015. However, any such legislation may have the potential to affect our business, customers or the energy sector generally. In addition, the United States has been involved in international negotiations regarding greenhouse gas reductions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (“UNFCCC”). Other nations have already agreed to regulate emissions of greenhouse gases, pursuant to the UNFCCC and a subsidiary agreement known as the “Kyoto Protocol,” an international treaty pursuant to which participating countries have agreed to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases to below 1990 levels by 2012. The United States is a party to the UNFCCC but did not ratify the Kyoto Protocol. Such negotiations have thus far not resulted in substantive changes that would affect domestic industrial sources in the United States, and it is uncertain whether an international agreement will be reached or what the terms of any such agreement would be. The EPA has also taken action under the CAA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, some states have taken or proposed legal measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Massachusetts, et al. v. EPA, 549 U.S. 497 (2007), finding that greenhouse gases fall within the CAA definition of “air pollutant,” the EPA determined that greenhouse gases from certain sources “endanger” public health or welfare. The EPA subsequently promulgated certain regulations and interpretations that will require new and modified stationary sources of greenhouse gases above certain thresholds to report, limit or control such emissions. On November 8, 2010, the EPA finalized rules expanding its Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule, originally promulgated in October 2009, to be applicable to the oil and gas industry, which may affect certain of our existing or future operations and require the inventory and reporting of emissions. In addition, the EPA has taken the position that existing Clean Air Act provisions require an assessment of greenhouse gas emissions within the permitting process for certain large new or modified stationary sources under the EPA’s Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Title V permit programs. Facilities triggering permit requirements may be required to

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reduce greenhouse gas emissions consistent with “best available control technology” standards if deemed to be cost effective. Such changes will also affect state air permitting programs in states that administer the federal CAA under a delegation of authority, including states in which we have operations. Although subject to legal challenge, the EPA rules promulgated thus far are currently final and effective and will remain so unless overturned by a court, or unless Congress adopts legislation altering the EPA’s regulatory authority. The EPA published rules setting green completion standards for natural gas wells and has also announced its intention to promulgate additional regulations restricting greenhouse gas emissions, including rules applicable to the power generation sector and oil refining sector.

There is considerable debate as to global warming and the environmental effects of greenhouse gas emissions and associated consequences affecting global climate, oceans, and ecosystems. As a commercial enterprise, we are not in a position to validate or repudiate the existence of global warming or various aspects of the scientific debate. However, if global warming is occurring, it could have an impact on our operations. For example, our operations in low lying areas such as the coastal regions of Louisiana and Texas may be at increased risk due to flooding, rising sea levels or disruption of operations from more frequent and severe weather events. Facilities in areas with limited water availability may be impacted if droughts become more frequent or severe. Changes in climate or weather may hinder exploration and production activities or increase or decrease the cost of production of oil and natural gas resources and consequently affect demand for our field services. Changes in climate or weather may also affect consumer demand for energy or alter the overall energy mix. However, we are not in a position to predict the precise effects of global warming on energy markets or the physical effects of global warming. We are providing this disclosure based on publicly available information on the matter. 

Employees

As of December 31, 2014, we employed approximately 5,700 people, with approximately 82% employed on an hourly basis. Our future success will depend partially on our ability to attract, retain and motivate qualified personnel. We are not a party to any collective bargaining agreements, and we consider our relations with our employees to be satisfactory.

 

Executive Officers of the Registrant

Our executive officers as of February 24, 2015 and their respective ages and positions are as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

 

Age

 

Position

T. M. “Roe” Patterson

 

40

 

President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Alan Krenek

 

59

 

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary

James F. Newman

 

50

 

Senior Vice President — Region Operations

William T. Dame

 

54

 

Vice President — Pumping Services

Douglas B. Rogers

 

51

 

Vice President — Marketing

James E. Tyner

 

64

 

Vice President — Human Resources

Lanny T. Poldrack

 

47

 

Vice President — Safety and Operations Support

John Cody Bissett.

 

40

 

Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer

Brett J. Taylor

 

42

 

Vice President — Equipment and Manufacturing

 

Set forth below is the description of the backgrounds of our executive officers.

 

T. M. “Roe” Patterson (President, Chief Executive Officer and Director) has 20 years of related industry experience. He was named our President and Chief Executive Officer and appointed as a Director in September 2013. Since joining Basic in 2006, he served in positions of increasing responsibility: as our Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from April 2011 until September 2013, as a Senior Vice President from September 2008 until April 2011 and as a Vice President of various groups within Basic from February 2006 until September 2008. Prior to joining Basic, he was president of his own manufacturing and oilfield service company, TMP Companies, Inc., from 2000 to 2006. He was a Contracts/Sales Manager for the Permian Division of Patterson Drilling Company from 1996 to 2000. He was an Engine Sales Manager for West Texas Caterpillar from 1995 to 1996. Mr. Patterson graduated with a B.S. degree in Biology from Texas Tech University.

Alan Krenek (Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary) has 27 years of related industry experience. He has been our Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since January 2005. He became Senior Vice President and Secretary in May 2006. Prior to joining Basic, he held various financial management positions at Landmark Graphics Corp., Noble Corporation and Pool Energy Services Company. Mr. Krenek graduated with a B.B.A. degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

 

James F. Newman (Senior Vice President — Regional Operations) has 30 years of related industry experience and has been our Senior Vice President, Region Operations since November 2013. He previously served as our Group Vice President — Permian Business Unit from April 2011 until September 2013 and has been a Group Vice President since September 2008. Prior to joining Basic, he co-founded Triple N Services in 1986 and served as its President through May 2008. He initially served Basic as an Area

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Manager in the plugging and abandonment operations. Mr. Newman is a registered Professional Engineer and is active in the Society of Professional Engineers. Mr. Newman graduated with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines. 

William T. Dame (Vice President — Pumping Services)  has 34 years of related industry experience. Mr. Dame joined Basic in 2003 and has served as our Vice President — Pumping Services since 2006. He previously served as our Vice President — PPW and RAFT Divisions from 2005 to 2006 and as a regional vice president from 2004 through 2005. Mr. Dame began his career in 1981 with Halliburton. From 1987 to 1997, he served as a vice president of Fleet Cementers, Inc., and from 1997 to 2003, he worked in various operational management positions at Plains Energy, Precision Drilling and New Force Energy Services. Mr. Dame attended Tarleton State University.

Douglas B. Rogers (Vice President — Marketing) has 32 years of related industry experience. He joined Basic in 2007 and serves as Vice President  Marketing after serving as Vice President-Contracts for the Drilling Division. Mr. Rogers was Vice President- Rocky Mountain Division for Patterson - UTI Drilling Company from March 2003 to June 2007. He also served as Western Division Sales Manager for Ambar Lonestar Fluid Services, a division of Patterson - UTI Drilling Company, from 1998 to 2003. He began his career in 1983 with Permian Servicing Company, where he managed well servicing operations. He continued in that capacity through Permian Servicing Company’s mergers with Xpert Well Service and Pride Petroleum Service until joining Zia Drill/Nova Mud in March 1997. Mr. Rogers graduated with a B.A. degree from Eastern New Mexico University.

James E. Tyner (Vice President — Human Resources) has been a Vice President since January 2004. From 1999 to June 2003, he was the General Manager of Human Resources at CMS Panhandle Companies, where he directed delivery of HR Services. Mr. Tyner was the Director of Human Resources Administration and Payroll Services at Duke Energy’s Gas Transmission Group from 1998 to 1999. From 1981 to 1998, Mr. Tyner held various positions at Panhandle Eastern Corporation. At Panhandle, he managed all Human Resources functions and developed corporate policies and as a Certified Safety Professional, he designed and implemented programs to control workplace hazards. Mr. Tyner received a B.S. in General Science and M.S. in Microbiology from Mississippi State University.

Lanny T. Poldrack (Vice President — Safety and Operations Support) has  28 years of related industry experience. He has served as our Vice President — Safety and Operations Support since April 2011. From April 2009 to April 2011, he served as a Corporate Marketing Representative based in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining Basic, he spent 13 years at Cudd Energy Services where he held various technical sales and sales management positions for both well intervention and live well service divisions, the last 4 years of which he served as Business Development Manager for Cudd Well Control for both domestic and international operations in U.S., Canadian, Latin America, European, Middle Eastern and South East Asian markets. He began his oilfield career in West Texas as a technical field representative for Weatherford International, specializing in fishing and rental tools and hydraulic BOP systems. Mr. Poldrack graduated with an applied science degree from Odessa Junior College.

John Cody Bissett (Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer) has 13 years of related industry experience. He was appointed Basic’s Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer in March 2012. Mr. Bissett previously served as Basic’s Corporate Controller from July 2008 to March 2012 and as the Director of Financial Reporting from December 2007 to July 2008. Prior to joining Basic, Mr. Bissett was the Controller of Cap Rock Energy from November 2006 through December 2007, and previously held various roles in the accounting and finance function of Sirius Computer Solutions and the audit practice of KPMG LLP. Mr. Bissett graduated with an M.B.A. and a B.B.A. in Accounting from Angelo State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

         Brett J. Taylor (Vice President — Manufacturing and Equipment) has 22 years of related industry experience. He has been our Vice President of Manufacturing and Equipment since June 2013. Prior to joining Basic, he was President of Taylor Industries, LLC in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 2010 to 2013. From 2009 to 2010, he served as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Serva Group Manufacturing.  Before that, Mr. Taylor held positions of increasing responsibilities at Taylor Industries over an 11-year span. His tenure at Taylor included the role of Consultant, President of Sales from 2008 to 2009, President of Taylor from 2003 to 2008, General Manager & Vice President of Business Development from 2001 to 2003, and Sales and Marketing Manager from 1997 to 1999. Mr. Taylor graduated with a Bachelor of Business Degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Additional Information

We make available free of charge on our website, www.basicenergyservices.com, our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file such information with, or furnish it to, the SEC. These documents are also available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, or you may read and copy any materials that we file with or furnish to the SEC at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington D.C. 20549. The information on our website is not, and shall not be deemed to be, a part of this annual report on Form 10-K or incorporated into any of our other filings with the SEC.

We have a Code of Conduct that applies to all of our directors, officers and employees. The Code of Conduct is available publicly on our website at www.basicenergyservices.com. Any waivers granted to directors or executive officers and any material amendments to our Code of Conduct will be posted promptly on our website and/or disclosed in a Current Report on Form 8-K.

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The certifications by our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 are filed as exhibits to this Annual Report on Form 10-K. We have also filed with the New York Stock Exchange the most recent Annual CEO Certification as required by Section 303A.12(a) of the New York Stock Exchange Listed Company Manual.

ITEM 1A.RISK FACTORS 

The following are some of the important factors that could affect our financial performance or could cause actual results to differ materially from estimates contained in our forward-looking statements. We may encounter risks in addition to those described below. Additional risks and uncertainties not currently known to us, or that we currently deem to be immaterial, may also impair or adversely affect our business, results of operation, financial condition and prospects.

Risks Relating to Our Business

Our business depends on domestic spending by the oil and natural gas industry, and this spending and our business has been in the past, and may in the future be, adversely affected by industry and financial market conditions that are beyond our control.

We depend on our customers’ willingness to make operating and capital expenditures to explore for, develop and produce oil and natural gas in the United States. Customers’ expectations for lower market prices for oil and natural gas, as well as the availability of capital for operating and capital expenditures, may cause them to curtail spending, thereby reducing demand for our services and equipment.

Industry conditions are influenced by numerous factors over which we have no control, such as the supply of and demand for oil and natural gas, domestic and worldwide economic conditions, political instability in oil and natural gas producing countries and merger and divestiture activity among oil and gas producers. The volatility of the oil and natural gas industry and the consequent impact on exploration and production activity could adversely impact the level of drilling and workover activity by some of our customers. This reduction may cause a decline in the demand for our services or adversely affect the price of our services. In addition, reduced discovery rates of new oil and natural gas reserves in our market areas also may have a negative long-term impact on our business, even in an environment of stronger oil and natural gas prices, to the extent existing production is not replaced and the number of producing wells for us to service declines.

Deterioration in the global economic environment commencing in the latter part of 2008 and continuing throughout 2009 caused the oilfield services industry to cycle into a downturn due to weakened demand. The industry returned to higher activity levels in 2011 and remained higher during the first half of 2012, before another downturn in the second half of 2012, affecting natural gas prices in particular. The industry pricing remained relatively stable through the middle of 2014. However, beginning in the second half of 2014, oil prices declined substantially from historical highs and may remain depressed for the foreseeable future. Adverse changes in capital markets and declines in prices for oil and natural gas will cause oil and natural gas producers to announce reductions in capital budgets for future periods. In light of the recent depressed oil prices, many oil producers, including many of our customers, have announced significant reductions in capital budgets for 2015.

Limitations on the availability of capital, or higher costs of capital, for financing expenditures may cause oil and natural gas producers to make further reductions to capital budgets in the future even if oil or natural gas prices increase from current levels. Any such cuts in spending will curtail drilling programs as well as discretionary spending on well services, which may result in a reduction in the demand for our services, the rates we can charge and our utilization. In addition, certain of our customers could become unable to pay their suppliers, including us. Any of these conditions or events could adversely affect our operating results. 

If oil and natural gas prices remain volatile, or if oil or natural gas prices remain low or decline further, the demand for our services could be adversely affected.

The demand for our services is primarily determined by current and anticipated oil and natural gas prices and the related general production spending and level of drilling activity in the areas in which we have operations. Volatility or weakness in oil prices or natural gas prices (or the perception that oil prices or natural gas prices will decrease) affects the spending patterns of our customers and may result in the drilling of fewer new wells or lower production spending on existing wells. This, in turn, could result in lower demand for our services and may cause lower rates and lower utilization of our well service equipment. If oil prices or natural gas prices continue to remain low or decline further, or if there is a reduction in drilling activities, the demand for our services and our results of operations could be materially and adversely affected.

Prices for oil and natural gas historically have been extremely volatile and are expected to continue to be volatile. The Cushing WTI Spot Oil Price averaged $94.11, $97.91 and $ 93.26 per barrel in 2012, 2013 and 2014, respectively. Most recently, Cushing WTI oil prices have declined from over $107 per barrel in June 2014 to $59 per barrel on December 31, 2014.  The Henry Hub Natural Gas Spot Price averaged $2.75, $3.73 and $4.39 per Mcf for 2012, 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Competition within the well services industry may adversely affect our ability to market our services.

The well services industry is highly competitive and fragmented and includes numerous small companies capable of competing effectively in our markets on a local basis, as well as several large companies that possess substantially greater financial and other

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resources than we do. Our larger competitors’ greater resources could allow those competitors to compete more effectively than we can. The amount of equipment available may exceed demand, which could result in active price competition. Many contracts are awarded on a bid basis, which may further increase competition based primarily on price. In addition, adverse market conditions lower demand for well servicing equipment, which results in excess equipment and lower utilization rates. If adverse oil and natural gas market conditions persist or deteriorate further, our utilization rates may decline.

We may require additional capital in the future. We cannot assure you that we will be able to generate sufficient cash internally or obtain alternative sources of capital on favorable terms, if at all. If we are unable to fund capital expenditures, our business may be adversely affected.

We anticipate that we will continue to make substantial capital investments to purchase additional equipment to expand our services, refurbish our well servicing rigs and replace existing equipment. For the year ended December 31, 2014, we invested approximately $236.3 million in cash for capital expenditures, excluding acquisitions. For the year ended December 31, 2013, we invested approximately $137.0 million in cash for capital expenditures, excluding acquisitions. For 2015, we have currently budgeted $100.0 million for capital expenditures, excluding acquisitions. Historically, we have financed these investments through internally generated funds, debt and equity offerings, our capital lease program and borrowing under a senior credit facility. Please read “Liquidity and Capital Resources” for more information.

Our significant capital investments require cash that we could otherwise apply to other business needs. However, if we do not incur these expenditures while our competitors make substantial fleet investments, our market share may decline and our business may be adversely affected. In addition, if we are unable to generate sufficient cash internally or obtain alternative sources of capital to fund our proposed capital expenditures and acquisitions, take advantage of business opportunities or respond to competitive pressures, it could materially adversely affect our results of operations, financial condition and growth. If we raise additional funds by issuing equity securities, dilution to existing stockholders may result. Adverse changes in the capital markets could make it difficult to obtain additional capital or obtain it at attractive rates.

Our future financial results could be adversely impacted by asset impairments or other charges.

We have recorded goodwill impairment charges and asset impairment charges in the past. We periodically evaluate our long-lived assets, including our property and equipment, indefinite-lived intangible assets, and goodwill for impairment. In performing these assessments, we project future cash flows on a discounted basis for goodwill, and on an undiscounted basis for other long-lived assets, and compare these cash flows to the carrying amount of the related assets. These cash flow projections are based on our current operating plans, estimates and judgmental assumptions. We perform the assessment of potential impairment on our goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets at least annually in the fourth quarter, or more often if events and circumstances warrant. We perform the assessment of potential impairment for our property and equipment whenever facts and circumstances indicate that the carrying value of those assets may not be recoverable due to various external or internal factors. If we determine that our estimates of future cash flows were inaccurate or our actual results are materially different from what we have predicted, we could record additional impairment charges in future periods, which could have a material adverse effect on our financial position and results of operations.

We have operated at a loss in the past, and there is no assurance of our profitability in the future.

    Historically, we have experienced periods of low demand for our services and have incurred operating losses. In the future, we may not be able to reduce our costs, increase our revenues, or reduce our debt service obligations sufficient to achieve or maintain profitability and generate positive operating income. Under such circumstances, we may incur further operating losses and experience negative operating cash flow.

Our operations are subject to inherent risks, including operational hazard and cyber attacks. These risks may be self-insured, or may not be fully covered under our insurance policies.

Our operations are subject to hazards inherent in the oil and natural gas industry, such as, but not limited to, accidents, blowouts, explosions, craterings, fires and oil spills. These conditions can cause:

personal injury or loss of life;

damage to or destruction of property, equipment and the environment; and

suspension of operations.

The occurrence of a significant event or adverse claim in excess of the insurance coverage that we maintain or that is not covered by insurance could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations. In addition, claims for loss of oil and natural gas production and damage to formations can occur in the well services industry. Litigation arising from a catastrophic occurrence at a location where our equipment and services are being used may result in our being named as a defendant in lawsuits asserting large claims.

As is customary in our industry, our service contracts generally provide that we will indemnify and hold harmless our customers from any claims arising from personal injury or death of our employees, damage to or loss of our equipment, and pollution emanating

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from our equipment and services. Similarly, our customers agree to indemnify and hold us harmless from any claims arising from personal injury or death of their employees, damage to or loss of their equipment, and pollution caused from their equipment or the well reservoir (including uncontained oil flow from a reservoir). Our indemnification arrangements may not protect us in every case. For example, from time to time we may enter into contracts with less favorable indemnities or perform work without a contract that protects us. In addition, our indemnification rights may not fully protect us if the customer is insolvent or becomes bankrupt, does not maintain adequate insurance or otherwise does not possess sufficient resources to indemnify us. In addition, our indemnification rights may be held unenforceable in some jurisdictions. Our inability to fully realize the benefits of our contractual indemnification protections could result in significant liabilities and could adversely affect our financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

Our operations are also subject to the risk of cyber-attacks. If our systems for protecting against cyber security risks prove not to be sufficient, we could be adversely affected by, among other things, loss or damage of intellectual property, proprietary information, or customer data, having our business operations interrupted, and increased costs to prevent, respond to, or mitigate cyber security attacks. These risks could have a material adverse effect on our business, consolidated results of operations, and consolidated financial condition.

We maintain insurance coverage that we believe to be customary in the industry against these hazards. However, we do not have insurance against all foreseeable risks, either because insurance is not available or because of the high premium costs. As such, not all of our property is insured. We are also self-insured up to retention limits with regard to workers’ compensation, general liability, and medical and dental coverage. We maintain accruals in our consolidated balance sheets related to self-insurance retentions by using third-party data and historical claims history. The occurrence of an event not fully insured against, or the failure of an insurer to meet its insurance obligations, could result in substantial losses. In addition, we may not be able to maintain adequate insurance in the future at rates we consider reasonable. Insurance may not be available to cover any or all of the risks to which we are subject, or, even if available, it may be inadequate, or insurance premiums or other costs could rise significantly in the future so as to make such insurance prohibitively expensive. It is likely that, in our insurance renewals, our premiums and deductibles will be higher, and certain insurance coverage either will be unavailable or considerably more expensive than it has been in the recent past. In addition, our insurance is subject to coverage limits, and some policies exclude coverage for damages resulting from environmental contamination.

We are subject to environmental, health and safety laws and regulations that may expose us to significant liabilities for penalties, damages or costs of remediation or compliance.

Our operations are subject to federal, regional, state and local laws and regulations relating to protection of natural resources and the environment, health and safety aspects of our operations and waste management, including the transportation and disposal of waste and other materials. These laws and regulations may impose numerous obligations on our operations, including the acquisition of permits to conduct regulated activities, the incurrence of capital expenditures to mitigate or prevent releases of materials from our facilities, the imposition of substantial liabilities for pollution resulting from our operations and the application of specific health and safety criteria addressing worker protection. Regulations concerning equipment certification also create an ongoing need for regular maintenance.  Failure to comply with these laws and regulations could result in investigations, restrictions or orders suspending well operations, the assessment of administrative, civil and criminal penalties, the revocation of permits and the issuance of corrective action orders, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

There is inherent risk of environmental costs and liabilities in our business as a result of our handling of petroleum hydrocarbons and oilfield and industrial wastes, air emissions and wastewater discharges related to our operations, and historical industry operations and waste disposal practices. Our fluid services segment includes disposal operations into injection wells that pose risks of environmental liability, including leakage from the wells to surface or subsurface soils, surface water or groundwater. Some environmental laws and regulations may impose strict liability, which means that in some situations, we could be exposed to liability as a result of our conduct that was without fault or lawful at the time it occurred or as a result of the conduct of, or conditions caused by, prior operators or other third parties. Clean-up costs and other damages arising as a result of environmental laws and costs associated with changes in environmental laws and regulations could be substantial and could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.

We operate as a motor carrier and therefore are subject to regulation by the DOT and by other various state agencies. These regulatory authorities exercise broad powers, governing activities such as the authorization to engage in motor carrier operations and regulatory safety and hazardous materials labeling, placarding and marking. There are additional regulations specifically relating to the trucking industry, including testing and specification of equipment and product handling requirements. In addition, the trucking industry is subject to possible regulatory and legislative changes that may affect the economics of the industry by requiring changes in operating practices or by changing the demand for common or contract carrier services or the cost of providing truckload services. Some of these possible changes include increasingly stringent environmental regulations, changes in the hours of service regulations which govern the amount of time a driver may drive in any specific period, require on board black box recorder devices or limits on vehicle weight and size.

 

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Laws protecting the environment generally have become more stringent over time and are expected to continue to do so, which could lead to material increases in costs for future environmental compliance and remediation. The modification or interpretation of existing laws or regulations, or the adoption of new laws or regulations, could curtail exploratory or developmental drilling for oil and natural gas and could limit well servicing opportunities. We may not be able to recover some or any of our costs of compliance with these laws and regulations from insurance.

Please read “Business and Properties — Environmental Regulation and Climate Change” for more information on the environmental laws and government regulations that are applicable to us.

We may not be able to grow successfully through future acquisitions or successfully manage future growth, and we may not be able to effectively integrate the businesses we do acquire.

Our business strategy includes growth through the acquisitions of other businesses. We may not be able to continue to identify attractive acquisition opportunities or successfully acquire identified targets. In addition, we may not be successful in integrating our current or future acquisitions into our existing operations, which may result in unforeseen operational difficulties or diminished financial performance or require a disproportionate amount of our management’s attention. Even if we are successful in integrating our current or future acquisitions into our existing operations, we may not derive the benefits, such as operational or administrative synergies, that we expected from such acquisitions, which may result in the commitment of our capital resources without the expected returns on such capital. Furthermore, competition for acquisition opportunities may escalate, increasing our cost of making further acquisitions or causing us to refrain from making additional acquisitions. We may also be limited in our ability to incur additional indebtedness in connection with or to fund future acquisitions under the Revolving Credit Facility and under the indentures governing our 7.75% Senior Notes due 2019 and 7.75% Senior Notes due 2022.

Whether we realize the anticipated benefits from an acquisition depends, in part, upon our ability to integrate the operations of the acquired business, the performance of the underlying product and service portfolio, and the performance of the management team and other personnel of the acquired operations. Accordingly, our financial results could be adversely affected from unanticipated performance issues, legacy liabilities, transaction-related charges, amortization of expenses related to intangibles, charges for impairment of long-term assets, credit guarantees, partner performance and indemnifications. While we believe that we have established appropriate and adequate procedures and processes to mitigate these risks, there is no assurance that these transactions will be successful.

We depend on several significant customers, and a loss of one or more significant customers could adversely affect our results of operations.

Our customers consist primarily of major and independent oil and gas companies. During 2014 and 2013, our top five customers accounted for 24% and 27%, respectively, of our revenues. However, no individual customer composed greater than 10% of our revenues. The loss of any one of our largest customers or a sustained decrease in demand by any of such customers could result in a substantial loss of revenues and could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.

If our customers delay paying or fail to pay a significant amount of our outstanding receivables, it could have a material adverse effect on our liquidity, consolidated results of operations, and consolidated financial condition.

In most cases, we bill our customers for our services in arrears and are, therefore, subject to our customers delaying or failing to pay our invoices. In weak economic environments, we may experience increased delays and failures due to, among other reasons, a reduction in our customers’ cash flow from operations and their access to the credit markets. If our customers delay paying or fail to pay us a significant amount of our outstanding receivables, it could have a material adverse effect on our liquidity, consolidated results of operations, and consolidated financial condition.

Our indebtedness could restrict our operations and make us more vulnerable to adverse economic conditions.

We now have, and will continue to have, a significant amount of indebtedness. As of December 31, 2014, our total debt was $931.1 million, including $1.2 million of premium, comprised of $475.0 million aggregate principal amount due under our 7.75% Senior Notes due 2019, $300.0 million aggregate principal amount due under our 7.75% Senior Notes due 2022 and capital lease obligations in the aggregate amount of $138.9 million. There were $16.0 million in borrowings and $51.3 million of letters of credit outstanding under our $300.0 million revolving credit facility as of December 31, 2014. For the year ended December 31, 2014, we made cash interest payments totaling $61.9 million.  

Our current and future indebtedness could have important consequences. For example, it could:

impair our ability to make investments and obtain additional financing for working capital, capital expenditures, acquisitions or other general corporate purposes;

limit our ability to use operating cash flow in other areas of our business because we must dedicate a substantial portion of these funds to make principal and interest payments on our indebtedness;

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make us more vulnerable to a downturn in our business, our industry or the economy in general as a substantial portion of our operating cash flow will be required to make principal and interest payments on our indebtedness, making it more difficult to react to changes in our business and in industry and market conditions;

limit our ability to obtain additional financing that may be necessary to operate or expand our business;

put us at a competitive disadvantage to competitors that have less debt; and

increase our vulnerability to interest rate increases to the extent that we incur variable rate indebtedness.

If we are unable to generate sufficient cash flow or are otherwise unable to obtain the funds required to make principal and interest payments on our indebtedness, or if we otherwise fail to comply with the various covenants in instruments governing any existing or future indebtedness, we could be in default under the terms of such instruments. In the event of a default, the holders of our indebtedness could elect to declare all the funds borrowed under those instruments to be due and payable together with accrued and unpaid interest, secured lenders could foreclose on any of our assets securing their loans and we or one or more of our subsidiaries could be forced into bankruptcy or liquidation. If our indebtedness is accelerated, or we enter into bankruptcy, we may be unable to pay all of our indebtedness in full. Any of the foregoing consequences could restrict our ability to grow our business and cause the value of our common stock to decline.

Our Revolving Credit Facility and the indentures governing our 7.75% Senior Notes due 2019 and our 7.75% Senior Notes due 2022 impose restrictions on us that may affect our ability to successfully operate our business.

Our Revolving Credit Facility and the indentures governing our 7.75% Senior Notes due 2019 and our 7.75% Senior Notes due 2022 each impose limitations on our ability to take various actions, such as:

limitations on the incurrence of additional indebtedness;

restrictions on mergers, sales or transfers of assets without the lenders’ consent; and

limitations on dividends and distributions.

In addition, our Revolving Credit Facility requires us to maintain certain financial ratios and to satisfy certain financial conditions, some of which become more restrictive over time and may require us to reduce our debt or take some other action in order to comply with them. The failure to comply with any of these financial conditions, including the financial ratios or covenants, would cause a default under our Revolving Credit Facility. A default under any of our indebtedness, if not waived, could result in the acceleration of such indebtedness or other indebtedness, in which case the debt would become immediately due and payable. In addition, a default or acceleration of any of our indebtedness under our 7.75% Senior Notes due 2019, our 7.75% Senior Notes due 2022 or our Revolving Credit Facility could result in a default under or acceleration of other indebtedness with cross-default or cross-acceleration provisions. In the event of any acceleration of our indebtedness, we may not be able to pay our debt or borrow sufficient funds to refinance it, and any holders of secured indebtedness may seek to foreclose on the assets securing such indebtedness. Even if new financing is available, it may not be available on terms that are acceptable to us. These restrictions could also limit our ability to obtain future financings, make needed capital expenditures, withstand a downturn in our business or the economy in general, or otherwise conduct necessary corporate activities. We also may be prevented from taking advantage of business opportunities that arise because of the limitations imposed on us by the restrictive covenants under our Revolving Credit Facility or existing limitations on the incurrence of additional indebtedness, including in connection with acquisitions. Please read “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations — Liquidity and Capital Resources — Revolving Credit Facility” for a discussion of our Revolving Credit Facility.

Our industry has experienced a high rate of employee turnover. Any difficulty we experience replacing or adding personnel could adversely affect our business.

We may not be able to find enough skilled labor to meet our needs, which could limit our growth. Our business activity historically decreases or increases with the prices of oil and natural gas. We may have problems finding enough skilled and unskilled laborers in the future if the demand for our services increases. If we are not able to increase our service rates sufficiently to compensate for wage rate increases, our operating results may be adversely affected.

Other factors may also inhibit our ability to find enough workers to meet our employment needs. Our services require skilled workers who can perform physically demanding work. As a result of our industry volatility and the demanding nature of the work, workers may choose to pursue employment in fields that offer a more desirable work environment at wage rates that are competitive with ours. We believe that our success is dependent upon our ability to continue to employ and retain skilled technical personnel. Our inability to employ or retain skilled technical personnel generally could have a material adverse effect on our operations.

Our success depends on key members of our management, the loss of any of whom could disrupt our business operations.

We depend to a large extent on the services of some of our executive officers. The loss of the services of T. M. “Roe” Patterson, our President and Chief Executive Officer, or other key personnel could disrupt our operations. Although we have entered into employment agreements with Mr. Patterson and our other executive officers that contain, among other provisions, non-compete agreements, we may not be able to enforce the non-compete provisions in the employment agreements.

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    Adverse weather conditions may affect our operations.  

         Our operations may be materially affected by severe weather conditions in areas where we operate. Severe weather, such as blizzards, extreme temperatures and hurricanes may cause evacuation of personnel, curtailment of services and suspension of operations, and loss of or damage to equipment and facilities. Damage from any adverse weather conditions could adversely affect our financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

Weather conditions may also affect the price of crude oil and natural gas, and related demand for our services. Please read the risk factor above, “If oil and natural gas prices remain volatile, or if oil prices decline or natural gas prices remain low or decline further, the demand for our services could be adversely affected.”

Climate change legislation or regulations restricting or regulating emissions of greenhouse gases could result in increased operating costs and reduced demand for our field services.

In response to findings that emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases from industrial and energy sources contribute to increases of carbon dioxide levels in the earth’s atmosphere and oceans and contribute to global warming and other environmental effects, the EPA has adopted various regulations under the federal Clean Air Act addressing emissions of greenhouse gases that may affect the oil and gas industry. On August 16, 2012 the EPA published rules that include standards to reduce methane emissions associated with oil and gas production. Federal changes will affect state air permitting programs in states that administer the federal Clean Air Act under a delegation of authority, including states in which we have operations. Numerous legislative measures have been introduced in the past that would have imposed restrictions or costs on greenhouse gas emissions, including from the oil and gas industry. It is uncertain whether similar measures will be introduced in, or passed by, the new Congress which convened in January 2015. In addition, the United States has been involved in international negotiations regarding greenhouse gas reductions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Additionally, certain U.S. states or regional coalitions of states have adopted measures regulating or limiting greenhouse gases from certain sources or have adopted policies seeking to reduce overall emissions of greenhouse gases. The adoption and implementation of any international treaty or of any federal or state legislation or regulations imposing reporting obligations on, or limiting emissions of greenhouse gases from, our equipment and operations could require us to incur costs to comply with such requirements and possibly require the reduction or limitation of emissions of greenhouse gases associated with our operations and other sources within the industrial or energy sectors. Such legislation or regulations could adversely affect demand for the production of oil and natural gas and thus reduce demand for the services we provide to oil and natural gas producers as well as increase our operating costs by requiring additional costs to operate and maintain equipment and facilities, install emissions controls, acquire allowances or pay taxes and fees relating to emissions, which could adversely affect our results of operations. Finally, it should be noted that some scientists have concluded that increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases may produce changes in climate or weather, such as increased frequency and severity of storms, floods and other climatic events, which if any such effects were to occur, could have adverse physical effects on our operations, physical assets and field services to exploration and production operators.

Federal and state legislative and regulatory initiatives related to hydraulic fracturing could result in operating restrictions or delays in the completion of oil and natural gas wells that may reduce demand for our well servicing activities and could adversely affect our financial position, results of operations and cash flows.

We provide hydraulic fracturing and fluid handling services to our customers. Hydraulic fracturing is a commonly used process that involves injection of water, sand, and certain chemicals to fracture the hydrocarbon-bearing rock formation to allow flow of hydrocarbons into the wellbore. The federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 amended the Underground Injection Control (“UIC”) provisions of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (“SDWA”) to exclude certain hydraulic fracturing practices from the definition of “underground injection.” The EPA has asserted regulatory authority over certain hydraulic fracturing activities involving diesel fuel and published proposed guidance relating to such practices in May 2012. In addition, repeal of the SDWA exclusion of hydraulic fracturing has been advocated by certain advocacy organizations and others in the public. Congress has considered bills to repeal the exemption for hydraulic fracturing from the SDWA, which would have the effect of allowing the EPA to promulgate new regulations and permitting requirements for hydraulic fracturing, and would require the disclosure of the chemical constituents of hydraulic fracturing fluids to a regulatory agency, which would make the information public via the internet. At the state level, several states in which we operate have adopted regulations requiring the disclosure of certain information regarding hydraulic fracturing fluids.

Scrutiny of hydraulic fracturing activities continues in other ways, as the EPA commenced a study of the potential environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing and issued a progress report on December 21, 2012. The EPA is expected to release soon a draft assessment report for public comment and peer review. The U.S. Department of the Interior has also announced that it will consider regulations relating to the use of hydraulic fracturing techniques on public lands and disclosure of fracturing fluid constituents. On April 13, 2012, the Department of Interior, the Department of Energy and the EPA issued a memorandum outlining a multi-agency collaboration on unconventional oil and gas research in response to the White House “Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future” and the recommendations of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board Subcommittee on Natural Gas. Moreover, the EPA has announced that it will develop effluent limitations for the treatment of discharge of wastewater resulting from hydraulic fracturing activities with a proposed rule scheduled for publication in early 2015. In addition, some states and localities have adopted, and others

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are considering adopting, regulations or ordinances that could restrict hydraulic fracturing in certain circumstances, that would require, with some exceptions, disclosure of constituents of hydraulic fracturing fluids, or that would impose higher taxes, fees or royalties on natural gas production. Recently, public concerns have been raised regarding the disposal of hydraulic fluid in injection wells. Partly in response to public concerns, the Texas Railroad Commission amended its existing oil and gas disposal well regulations to require seismic activity data in permit applications and provisions to authorize the imposition of certain limitations on existing wells if seismic activity increases in the area of an injection well, including a temporary injection ban. Moreover, public debate over hydraulic fracturing and shale gas production has been increasing, and has resulted in delays of well permits in some areas.

In 2010, a committee of the U.S. House of Representatives undertook investigations into hydraulic fracturing practices involving the use of diesel fuel in hydraulic fracturing fluids, including requesting information from various field services companies including us. We responded to that request and have received no further communication from the committee with regard to that investigation. However, on January 31, 2011, Representative Henry Waxman and other members of Congress wrote to the EPA asserting that various companies, including us, had engaged in hydraulic fracturing operations requiring a permit without obtaining such a permit. We have no knowledge as to whether or how the EPA will respond to that letter.

Increased regulation and attention given to the hydraulic fracturing process could lead to greater opposition, including litigation, to oil and gas production activities using hydraulic fracturing techniques. Additional legislation or regulation could also lead to operational delays or increased operating costs in the production of oil and natural gas, including from the developing shale plays, incurred by our customers or could make it more difficult to perform hydraulic fracturing. The adoption of any federal, state or local laws or the implementation of regulations or ordinances restricting or increasing the costs of hydraulic fracturing could potentially increase our costs of operations and cause a decrease in the completion of new oil and natural gas wells and an associated decrease in demand for our well servicing activities, any or all of which could adversely affect our financial position, results of operations and cash flows.

Potential listing of species as “endangered” under the federal Endangered Species Act could result in increased costs and new operating restrictions or delays on our oil and natural gas exploration and production customers, which could adversely reduce the amount of contract drilling services that we provide to such customers.

The federal Endangered Species Act, referred to as the “ESA,” and analogous state laws regulate a variety of activities, including oil and gas development, which could have an adverse effect on species listed as threatened or endangered under the ESA or their habitats. The designation of previously unidentified endangered or threatened species could cause oil and natural gas exploration and production operators to incur additional costs or become subject to operating delays, restrictions or bans in affected areas, which impacts could adversely reduce the amount of drilling activities in affected areas, including support services that we provide to such operators under our contract drilling services segment. Numerous species have been listed or proposed for protected status in areas in which we provide or could in the future provide field services. For instance, the Sand Dune Lizard, referred to as “Lizard,” a small lizard found in southeastern New Mexico and west Texas, an area where we provide a significant level of contract drilling services to oil and natural gas exploration and production operators, was proposed for listing as an endangered species under the ESA in December 2010 by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, also referred to as the “FWS.” In March 2014, the FWS listed the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Concurrently, the FWS finalized a special rule under Section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act that authorizes Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado to continue managing conservation efforts related to oil and gas activities under the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ range-wide conservation plan. The sage grouse and certain wildflower species, among others, are also species that have been or are being considered for protected status under the ESA and whose range can coincide with oil and natural gas production activities. The presence of protected species in areas where operators whom we provide contract drilling services conduct exploration and production operations could impair such operators’ ability to timely complete well drilling and development and, consequently, adversely affect the amount of contract drilling or other field services that we provided to such operators, which reduction of services could have a significant adverse effect on our results of operations and financial position. 

One of our directors may have a conflict of interest because he is also currently a managing partner of a private equity firm that makes investments in the energy sector. The resolution of any conflict of interest may not be in our or our stockholders’ best interests.

Steven A. Webster, the Chairman of our Board of Directors, is the Co-Managing Partner of Avista Capital Holdings, L.P., a private equity firm that makes investments in the energy sector. This relationship may create a conflict of interest because of his responsibilities to Avista and its owners. His duties as a partner in, or director or officer of, Avista or its affiliates may conflict with his duties as a director of our company regarding corporate opportunities and other matters. The resolution of any such conflict may not always be in our or our stockholders’ best interest.

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Risks Relating to Ownership of Our Common Stock

Our certificate of incorporation and bylaws, as well as Delaware law, contain provisions that could discourage acquisition bids or merger proposals, which may adversely affect the market price of our common stock.

Our certificate of incorporation authorizes our board of directors to issue preferred stock without stockholder approval. If our board of directors elects to issue preferred stock, it could be more difficult for a third party to acquire us. In addition, some provisions of our certificate of incorporation and bylaws could make it more difficult for a third party to acquire control of us, even if the change of control would be beneficial to our stockholders, including:

a classified board of directors, so that only approximately one third of our directors are elected each year;

limitations on the removal of directors;

the prohibition of stockholder action by written consent;

limitations on the ability of our stockholders to call special meetings; and  

advance notice provisions for stockholder proposals and nominations for elections to the board of directors to be acted upon at meetings of stockholders.

Delaware law prohibits us from engaging in any business combination with any “interested stockholder,” meaning generally that a stockholder who beneficially owns more than 15% of our stock cannot acquire us for a period of three years from the date this person became an interested stockholder, unless various conditions are met, such as approval of the transaction by our board of directors.

Because we have no plans to pay dividends on our common stock, investors must look solely to stock appreciation for a return on their investment in us.

We do not anticipate paying any cash dividends on our common stock in the foreseeable future. We currently intend to retain all future earnings to fund the development and growth of our business. Any payment of future dividends will be at the discretion of our board of directors and will depend on, among other things, our earnings, financial condition, capital requirements, level of indebtedness, statutory and contractual restrictions applying to the payment of dividends and other considerations that the board of directors deems relevant. Investors must rely on sales of their common stock after price appreciation, which may never occur, as the only way to realize a return on their investment. Investors seeking cash dividends should not purchase our common stock. 

ITEM 1B.UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS 

None.

ITEM  3.LEGAL PROCEEDINGS 

From time to time, Basic is a party to litigation or other legal proceedings that Basic considers to be a part of the ordinary course of business. Basic is not currently involved in any legal proceedings that it considers probable or reasonably possible, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a material adverse effect on its financial condition, results of operations or liquidity. The information regarding litigation and environmental matters described in Note 7 of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K is incorporated herein by reference.

ITEM 4.MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES 

Not applicable.

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PART II

ITEM 5.MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES 

Market Price for Registrant’s Common Equity

Our common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “BAS.” The table below presents the high and low daily closing sales prices of the common stock, as reported by the New York Stock Exchange, for each of the quarters in the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2014, respectively:  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High

 

 

Low

2013:

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Quarter

 

$

16.00 

 

$

11.63 

Second Quarter

 

$

14.51 

 

$

11.85 

Third Quarter

 

$

14.65 

 

$

11.30 

Fourth Quarter

 

$

16.80 

 

$

12.06 

2014:

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Quarter

 

$

27.41 

 

$

14.63 

Second Quarter

 

$

29.22 

 

$

25.14 

Third Quarter

 

$

29.46 

 

$

21.69 

Fourth Quarter

 

$

20.59 

 

$

5.17 

As February 20, 2015, we had 41,848,993 shares of common stock outstanding held by approximately 190 record holders.

We have not declared or paid any cash dividends on our common stock, and we do not currently anticipate paying any cash dividends on our common stock in the foreseeable future. We currently intend to retain all future earnings to fund the development and growth of our business. Any future determination relating to our dividend policy will be at the discretion of our board of directors and will depend on our results of operations, financial condition, capital requirements and other factors deemed relevant by our board.

Securities Authorized for Issuance under Equity Compensation Plans

The following table provides information regarding options or warrants authorized for issuance under our equity compensation plans as of December 31, 2014:  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plan Category

 

Number of Securities to be Issued upon Exercise of Outstanding Options

 

Weighted Average Exercise Price of Outstanding Options

 

Number of Securities Remaining Available for Future Issuance Under Equity Compensation Plans (1)

Equity compensation plans approved by security holders

 

280,000 

 

$

19.05 

 

1,659,166 

Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders

 

—  

 

 

—  

 

—  

Total

 

280,000 

 

$

19.05 

 

1,659,166 

 

 

(1)

Consists of the Fifth Amended and Restated Basic Energy Services, Inc. 2003 Incentive Plan (as amended effective May 22, 2013).

 

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Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

The following table provides information relating to our repurchase of shares of common stock during the three months ended December 31, 2014 (dollars in thousands, except average price paid per share):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Number of

 

Appoximate Dollar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares Purchased

 

Value of Shares

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

as Part of Publicly

 

that May Yet be

 

 

Total Number of

 

Average Price Paid

 

Announced

 

Purchased Under

Period

 

Shares Purchased

 

Per Share

 

Program (1)

 

the Program (1)

October 1 — October 31

 

 —

 

$

 —

 

 —

 

$

20,326 

November 1 — November 30  (2)

 

1,548 

 

$

10.70 

 

 —

 

$

20,326 

December 1 — December 31

 

921,059 

 

$

6.95 

 

921,059 

 

$

13,925 

Total

 

922,607 

 

$

6.96 

 

921,059 

 

$

13,925 

 

(1)

On May 24, 2012, we announced that our Board of Directors had reauthorized the repurchase of up to approximately $35.2 million of shares of our common stock from time to time in open market or private transactions, at our discretion, as a continuation of our prior $50.0 million stock repurchase program announced in 2008 (of which $14.8 million had been previously purchased). The stock repurchase program may be suspended or discontinued at any time.

(2)

These amounts include shares that were repurchased from various employees to provide such employees the cash amounts necessary to pay certain tax liabilities associated with the vesting of restricted shares owned by them. The shares were repurchased on various dates based on the closing price per share on the date of repurchase.

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Performance Graph

The following is a line graph comparing cumulative, total shareholder return for the five years ended December 31, 2014 with (i) a general market index (the Russell 2000 Index) and (ii) a group of peers selected by the Company in the same line of business or industry as the Company. The peer group is comprised of the following companies: Key Energy Services, Inc., Nabors Industries Ltd. and Pioneer Energy Services Corp.  

The graph assumes investments of $100 on December 31, 2009 at the closing sale price, and the reinvestment of all dividends, if any.

The graph shall not be deemed incorporated by reference by any general statement incorporating by reference this report into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, except to the extent that the Company specifically incorporates this information by reference, and shall not otherwise be deemed filed under such Acts.

Comparison of Five Year Cumulative Total Return

Value of $100 Invested at December 31, 2009, December 31, 2010, December 30, 2011,  

December 31, 2012, December 31, 2013 and December 31, 2014

 

T

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic Energy Services

 

 

Russell 2000 Index

 

 

Peer Group

December 31, 2009

 

$

100.00 

 

$

100.00 

 

$

100.00 

December 31, 2010

 

$

185.17 

 

$

125.31 

 

$

111.52 

December 30, 2011

 

$

221.35 

 

$

118.47 

 

$

93.51 

December 31, 2012

 

$

128.20 

 

$

135.81 

 

$

67.40 

December 31, 2013

 

$

177.30 

 

$

186.07 

 

$

79.11 

December 31, 2014

 

$

78.76 

 

$

192.63 

 

$

52.79 

The foregoing graph is based on historical data and is not necessarily indicative of future performance. This graph shall not be deemed to be “soliciting material” or to be “filed” with the SEC or subject to the Regulations 14A or 14C under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or to the liabilities of Section 18 under such Act.  

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ITEM 6.SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA 

The following table sets forth our selected historical financial information for the periods shown. The following information should be read in conjunction with Item 7, Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and our financial statements included elsewhere in this report. The amounts for each historical annual period presented below were derived from our audited financial statements.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

 

 

2014

 

 

2013

 

 

2012

 

 

2011

 

 

2010

 

 

 

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

Statement of Operations Data:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Completion and remedial services

 

$

698,917 

 

$

501,137 

 

$

586,070 

 

$

537,134 

 

$

261,436 

 Fluid services

 

 

369,774 

 

 

343,863 

 

 

352,246 

 

 

332,010 

 

 

241,164 

 Well servicing

 

 

361,683 

 

 

363,386 

 

 

376,268 

 

 

333,057 

 

 

204,872 

 Contract drilling

 

 

60,910 

 

 

54,518 

 

 

60,300 

 

 

41,054 

 

 

20,767 

     Total revenues

 

 

1,491,284 

 

 

1,262,904 

 

 

1,374,884 

 

 

1,243,255 

 

 

728,239 

Expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Completion and remedial services

 

 

434,457 

 

 

327,540 

 

 

357,960 

 

 

297,276 

 

 

156,573 

 Fluid services

 

 

265,105 

 

 

239,154 

 

 

236,588 

 

 

211,959 

 

 

178,152 

 Well servicing

 

 

270,344 

 

 

265,058 

 

 

268,219 

 

 

228,723 

 

 

156,885 

 Contract drilling

 

 

41,513 

 

 

36,336 

 

 

39,817 

 

 

28,154 

 

 

15,250 

 General and administrative (a)

 

 

167,301 

 

 

171,439 

 

 

183,274 

 

 

144,485 

 

 

108,831 

 Depreciation and amortization

 

 

217,480 

 

 

209,747 

 

 

187,083 

 

 

154,341 

 

 

135,001 

 Loss on disposal of assets

 

 

1,974 

 

 

2,873 

 

 

3,334 

 

 

447 

 

 

2,856 

 Goodwill impairment

 

 

34,703 

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

     Total expenses

 

 

1,432,877 

 

 

1,252,147 

 

 

1,276,275 

 

 

1,065,385 

 

 

753,548 

       Operating income (loss)

 

 

58,407 

 

 

10,757 

 

 

98,609 

 

 

177,870 

 

 

(25,309)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Net interest expense

 

 

(67,002)

 

 

(67,154)

 

 

(62,355)

 

 

(52,299)

 

 

(46,368)

 Loss on early extinguishment of debt

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

(7,942)

 

 

(49,366)

 

 

 -

 Bargain Purchase gain

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

910 

 

 

 -

 

 

1,772 

 Other income

 

 

775 

 

 

743 

 

 

627 

 

 

525 

 

 

499 

Income (loss) before income taxes

 

 

(7,820)

 

 

(55,654)

 

 

29,849 

 

 

76,730 

 

 

(69,406)

Income tax (expense) benefit

 

 

(521)

 

 

19,725 

 

 

(10,263)

 

 

(30,894)

 

 

25,174 

Net income (loss)

 

$

(8,341)

 

$

(35,929)

 

$

19,586 

 

 

45,836 

 

$

(44,232)

Basic earnings (loss) per share of common stock:

 

$

(0.20)

 

$

(0.89)

 

$

0.48 

 

$

1.14 

 

$

(1.11)

Diluted earnings (loss) per share of common stock:

 

$

(0.20)

 

$

(0.89)

 

$

0.47 

 

$

1.10 

 

$

(1.11)

Other Financial Data:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

$

224,536 

 

$

165,588 

 

$

303,681 

 

$

279,455 

 

$

49,383 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

(213,429)

 

 

(139,686)

 

 

(250,762)

 

 

(419,967)

 

 

(97,879)

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

(42,724)

 

 

(48,935)

 

 

3,188 

 

 

171,052 

 

 

(28,943)

Capital expenditures:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Acquisitions, net of cash acquired

 

 

16,090 

 

 

21,467 

 

 

84,939 

 

 

218,347 

 

 

50,278 

 Property and equipment

 

 

236,295 

 

 

136,950 

 

 

171,440 

 

 

221,839 

 

 

63,579 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(a) Includes approximately $14,714, $11,830, $12,855, $9,487 and $6,027 of non-cash stock compensation expense for the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010, respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of December 31,

 

 

 

2014

 

 

2013

 

 

2012

 

 

2011

 

 

2010

 

 

 

(Dollars in thousands)

Balance Sheet Data:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

79,915 

 

$

111,532 

 

$

134,565 

 

$

78,458 

 

 

47,918 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

1,007,969 

 

 

928,037 

 

 

943,766 

 

 

856,412 

 

 

625,702 

Total assets

 

 

1,597,177 

 

 

1,543,339 

 

 

1,599,006 

 

 

1,462,352 

 

 

1,031,342 

Long-term debt

 

 

882,572 

 

 

846,691 

 

 

844,906 

 

 

748,976 

 

 

474,628 

Stockholders' equity

 

 

342,653 

 

 

345,287 

 

 

372,410 

 

 

357,668 

 

 

299,683 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ITEM 7.MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS 

Management’s Overview

We provide a wide range of well site services to oil and natural gas drilling and producing companies, including completion and remedial services, fluid services, well servicing and contract drilling services. Our results of operations reflect the impact of our acquisition strategy as a leading consolidator in the domestic land-based well services industry. Our acquisitions have increased our breadth of service offerings at the well site and expanded our market presence. In implementing this strategy, we have purchased businesses and assets in eight separate acquisitions from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2014 for total consideration of $122.5 million. Our hydraulic horsepower capacity for pumping services increased from 271,000 at January 1, 2012 to 443,000 at December 31, 2014. Our weighted average number of fluid service trucks increased from 900 in the first quarter of 2012 to 1,043 in the fourth quarter of 2014. Our weighted average number of well servicing rigs decreased from 423 in the first quarter of 2012 to 421  in the fourth quarter of 2014. Our weighted average number of drilling rigs remained constant at 12 from the first quarter of 2012 to the fourth quarter of 2014. These acquisitions make changes in revenues, expenses and income not directly comparable between periods.

Our operating revenues from each of our segments, and their relative percentages of our total revenues, consisted of the following (dollars in millions):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

2014

 

2013

 

2012

 

 

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Completion and remedial services

$      698.9

 

47% 

 

$      501.1

 

40% 

 

$     586.1

 

43% 

Fluid services

369.8 

 

25% 

 

343.9 

 

27% 

 

352.2 

 

26% 

Well servicing

361.7 

 

24% 

 

363.4 

 

29% 

 

376.3 

 

27% 

Contract drilling

60.9 

 

4% 

 

54.5 

 

4% 

 

60.3 

 

4% 

Total revenues

$   1,491.3

 

100% 

 

$   1,262.9

 

100% 

 

$  1,374.9